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Correction: Colombia-Captive Soldiers story

December 2, 2014

HAVANA (AP) — In a story on Nov. 29 about a Colombian general who was taken captive, The Associated Press used an incorrect military rank to describe one of two people held with him. Along with an attorney, rebels also seized a corporal, not a captain. The mistake was due to a faulty translation.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Colombia rebels say they’ll free general on Sunday

Colombia rebels say they’ll free general on Sunday; move seen as aid to peace talks

HAVANA (AP) — Colombia’s main rebel group says it’s begun the process of freeing army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate, who was captured two weeks ago.

The move should revive peace talks between the rebels and Colombia’s government that are being held in Cuba. President Juan Manuel Santos had suspended 2-year-old talks after the general, a corporal and an attorney were seized in a conflictive part of western Colombia on Nov. 16.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a communique issued Saturday that it would release the three on Sunday to representatives of Cuba, Norway and the Red Cross, which are backing the peace talks.

The rebels earlier released several other captives.

Alzate is the first general to be taken by the rebel group in a half-century of fighting.

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