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Colombian general whose capture nearly derailed peace talks offers up resignation

  • In this photo released by the Ministry of Defense Gen. Ruben Alzate, right, meets with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, left, and Armed Forces Commander Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, second from right, in Medellin, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Alzate was freed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, who kidnapped him with two others on Nov. 16 in a hamlet along the Atrato River, on the western Pacific Coast, what led President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend peace talks with the guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Colombia's Ministry of Defense)

    In this photo released by the Ministry of Defense Gen. Ruben Alzate, right, meets with Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon, left, and Armed Forces Commander Gen. Juan Pablo Rodriguez, second from right, in Medellin, Colombia, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014. Alzate was freed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, who kidnapped him with two others on Nov. 16 in a hamlet along the Atrato River, on the western Pacific Coast, what led President Juan Manuel Santos to suspend peace talks with the guerrilla group. (AP Photo/Colombia's Ministry of Defense)  (The Associated Press)

  • Army Gen. Ruben Alzate arrives with his wife, Claudia Farfan to read a statement for the press at the military hospital in Bogota, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Alzate, who was freed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Sunday, two weeks after he and two companions were kidnapped by guerrillas, tendered his resignation and said he dishonored the uniform he's worn for 30 years by not following military protocol and venturing up a rebel-dominated river without a bodyguard and dressed as a civilian. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Army Gen. Ruben Alzate arrives with his wife, Claudia Farfan to read a statement for the press at the military hospital in Bogota, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Alzate, who was freed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Sunday, two weeks after he and two companions were kidnapped by guerrillas, tendered his resignation and said he dishonored the uniform he's worn for 30 years by not following military protocol and venturing up a rebel-dominated river without a bodyguard and dressed as a civilian. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

  • Army Gen. Ruben Alzate gestures while reading a statement at the military hospital in Bogota, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Alzate, who was freed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Sunday, two weeks after he and two companions were kidnapped by guerrillas, tendered his resignation and said he dishonored the uniform he's worn for 30 years by not following military protocol and venturing up a rebel-dominated river without a bodyguard and dressed as a civilian. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

    Army Gen. Ruben Alzate gestures while reading a statement at the military hospital in Bogota, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Alzate, who was freed by rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Sunday, two weeks after he and two companions were kidnapped by guerrillas, tendered his resignation and said he dishonored the uniform he's worn for 30 years by not following military protocol and venturing up a rebel-dominated river without a bodyguard and dressed as a civilian. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)  (The Associated Press)

An army general whose shock capture by leftist rebels nearly led to the collapse of peace talks has tendered his resignation.

Gen. Ruben Alzate, holding back tears in his first remarks since being freed Sunday, said he dishonored the uniform he's worn for 30 years by not following military protocol and venturing up a rebel-dominated river without a bodyguard and dressed as a civilian.

Alzate was freed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on Sunday two weeks after he and two companions were captured.