Colombian rebel chief says he's ready for peace

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Posted: Jul 31, 2012 11:45 PM
Colombian rebel chief says he's ready for peace

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A veteran FARC commander who led some of the rebels' most punishing 1990s attacks and also took part in failed peace talks says he's ready to end the conflict but doesn't believe Colombia's government shares that desire.

Fabian Ramirez, No. 2 commander of the powerful Southern Bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, looked fit in an interview by independent journalist Karl Penhaul broadcast by Caracol Television on Tuesday.

Government officials said in November 2010 that they believed he was killed or badly wounded in a bombardment.

The 49-year-old rebel reiterated the FARC's February announcement that it has halted all ransom kidnappings as a goodwill gesture.

The United States has offered a reward of up to $2.5 million for Ramirez, who it says is a major drug trafficker.