Colombian General Ruben Alzate resigns over FARC abduction

December 2, 2014 10:15 AM

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Bogota, Colombia (AP + DIPLOMAT.SO) — An army general whose surprise capture by leftist rebels nearly derailed two years of peace talks has resigned after coming under pressure for venturing into guerrilla territory dressed as a civilian and without bodyguards.

Gen. Ruben Alzate, in his first remarks since being freed Sunday by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said he regretted that his decision not to follow military protocol had tarnished the institution he’s served proudly for more than 33 years.

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