CAQUETA, COLOMBIA - JULY 31. A Colombian soldier patrols the highway that leads to San Vicente del Caguan from his base, Caqueta, Colombia on July 31, 2002. Despite a strong military presence in the former demilitarized zone, FARC guerrillas still maintain their control over the territories. (Photo by Carlos Villalon/Getty Images.)2002 Getty Images
Bogotá, Colombia – Colombia's FARC rebels on Sunday freed an American they were holding since June, the governments of Cuba and Norway said.
The statement by the Cuban and Norwegian embassies in Bogotá said that rebels have turned over 26-year-old Kevin Scott Sutay to a commission made up of representatives from their countries and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the nation's south. Sutay was later delivered to U.S. government representatives at the airport in the Colombian capital.
Sutay had been in the country as a tourist when he was taken hostage on June 20 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed Sutay's release, and said the United States was "profoundly grateful" to the Colombian government for its efforts to secure his freedom.
Kerry also individually thanked Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the governments of Norway and Cuba, as well as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, for pushing for Sutay's release.