Colombia, Bogota —FARC rebels in Colombia said on Friday that a US soldier, captured on 20th June, was being held by them, but they would agree to have him released him to humanitarian commission since they pursue with government the peace talks.
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, said on internet that it caught a soldier, identified to be Kevin Scott Sutay, within a region of jungle toward south of country, describing that he is an expert on mine clearance from NY and who served also in Afghanistan.
This statement at their website said that in spite of having the right to keep Kevin Scott held as war prisoner, they had taken political decision of freeing him in spirit of the talks which are advancing with Colombian government in Havana.
The statement was telling about peace talks within Cuban capital going on since the last November targeting at putting an ending to 5 decades of the conflict.
US, which considers FARC some terrorist organization, helped government of Colombia in one military offensive in the previous decade which has driven rebels back to the remote regions as well as diminished their growing numbers.
This guerrilla group did call for one commission to form for assisting in soldier’s release, chaired by a former Senator of Colombia, Piedad Cordoba as well as representatives of International Committee of Red Cross along with Sant’Egidio, a religious community.
FARC said that Sutay came to Colombia after he traveled through Mexico as well as several other states in Central American.
Officials of US embassy couldn’t be contacted immediately late on this Friday in order to verify claims or to clarify circumstances of presence of soldier in this country.
FARC started off as one movement regarding communist agrarian in 1964. It has fought government from the time in what now is longest-running Latin America’s insurgency.