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Colombia's president suspends peace talks after rebels take general captive

  • This Aug. 15, 2014 photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with the South American nation's largest rebel group after Alzate was taken captive on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The U.S.-education soldier and two others were intercepted while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in western Colombia. A fourth soldier managed to flee and reported that the captors were members of the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. (AP Photo/Colombian Army press office)

    This Aug. 15, 2014 photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate in Colombia. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with the South American nation's largest rebel group after Alzate was taken captive on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The U.S.-education soldier and two others were intercepted while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in western Colombia. A fourth soldier managed to flee and reported that the captors were members of the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. (AP Photo/Colombian Army press office)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Aug. 15, 2014 photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate, left, reaching to shake hands with a soldier in Bogota, Colombia. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with the South American nation's largest rebel group after Alzate was taken captive on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The U.S.-education soldier and two others were intercepted while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in western Colombia. A fourth soldier managed to flee and reported that the captors were members of the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. (AP Photo/Colombian Army press office)

    This Aug. 15, 2014 photo released by Colombia's Army press office shows Colombian Army Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate, left, reaching to shake hands with a soldier in Bogota, Colombia. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos suspended peace talks with the South American nation's largest rebel group after Alzate was taken captive on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The U.S.-education soldier and two others were intercepted while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in western Colombia. A fourth soldier managed to flee and reported that the captors were members of the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. (AP Photo/Colombian Army press office)  (The Associated Press)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has suspended peace talks with the South American nation's largest rebel group after an army general was taken captive.

Santos said he ordered peace negotiators who were set to travel Monday to Cuba for the next round of negotiations to stay back until Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate is freed.

The U.S.-education soldier and two others were intercepted Sunday afternoon while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in western Colombia. A fourth soldier managed to flee and reported that the captors were members of the 34th front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Colombian media reports that it's the first time in a half-century of conflict that the rebels have taken an army general captive.