NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 25: Jesse Jackson attends Africa-America Institute 60th Anniversary Awards Gala at New York Hilton on September 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Africa-America Institute)
HAVANA (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson is accepting an invitation by Colombia's largest guerrilla army to mediate the release of an American man it has held since June.
The U.S. civil rights activist arrived in Cuba on Friday and met late into the night with leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
Representatives of the FARC and the Colombian government have been holding peace talks in Havana since November 2012.
Jackson said Saturday that he will accept "this obligation and opportunity to render service to Kevin Scott."
Scott was detained by the rebels in June while walking through the jungle southeast of the Colombian capital, Bogota.
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