Jackson still hopeful for captive US man's release

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Posted: Sep 29, 2013 5:28 PM
Jackson still hopeful for captive US man's release

HAVANA (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he intends to press forward in a bid to mediate the release of a U.S. Army veteran taken captive by Colombian rebels three months ago.

Jackson says he still plans to travel to the South American nation in the coming days despite Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' initial cool response to his intervention.

Jackson says he hopes to negotiate a cease-fire for an area of the Colombian jungle so Kevin Scott Sutay can be picked up safely.

Sutay was detained by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, while hiking through the jungle in June.

Jackson spoke to reporters Sunday in Havana after meeting with representatives of the FARC.