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FARC rebels to release captured Colombian general

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By Euronews
FARC rebels to release captured Colombian general

<p><span class="caps">FARC</span> rebels have agreed to free a top Colombian general and four others according to negotiators in Cuba.</p> <p>Their release is to be organised as soon as possible.</p> <p>The Colombian government had suspended on going peace talks with the <a href="http://web.stanford.edu/group/mappingmilitants/cgi-bin/groups/view/89">Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia</a> (<span class="caps">FARC</span>) until General Ruben Dario Alzate was handed over. </p> <p>A representative of the Cuban government which is hosting the peace talks – which have now been going on for two years – announced the breakthrough on Cuban television.</p> <p>Along with the general and a soldier and civilian lawyer who were all captured together on Sunday, two other soldiers will also be set free.</p> <p>The standoff had plunged the peace talks into crisis. Meanwhile Latin America’s longest-running war, which has killed some 20,000 people over 50 years continues.</p> <p>Both Cuba and Norway are acting as so-called guarantors of the talks.</p>