Havana: FARC Rebels Say They Have Colombian General, Insist On Peace Talks

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Commander Jorge Torres (Pablo Catatumbo) from the Colombian rebel group FARC's peace delegation, spoke in Havana on Nov. 18 and confirmed FARC did capture Colombian Army General Ruben Dario Alzate and asked for a solution of the incident and asked that peace talks continue.
Commander Jorge Torres (Pablo Catatumbo) from the Colombian rebel group FARC's peace delegation, spoke in Havana on Nov. 18 and confirmed FARC did capture Colombian Army General Ruben Dario Alzate and asked for a solution of the incident and asked that peace talks continue. Roberto Leon / NBC News

HAVANA, CUBA -- A leader from Colombia's rebel FARC group acknowledged on Tuesday the group was holding a Colombian general captive, but urged the government to reconsider its decision to suspend peace talks in Havana.

Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos announced Sunday night the suspension of the peace talks, calling it "totally unacceptable" that FARC had captured General Ruben Dario Alzate while he was surveying a rural energy project near a remote river in western Colombia. It was the first time in nearly five decades of fighting between government and rebel forces that a general had been taken prisoner.

FARC leader Jorge Torres Victoria, who goes by the alias Pablo Catatumbo, said the peace talks should continue and their delegation was willing to contribute a "solution."

Image: Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks during a news conference in Bogota
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (C) speaks during a news conference in Bogota, November 16, 2014. Santos called off peace talks with Marxist FARC rebels late on Sunday, after the kidnapping of an army general. General Ruben Dario Alzate, who heads the Titan task force in the Pacific department of Choco, was captured on Sunday afternoon, with another military official and a civilian.HANDOUT / Reuters

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