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Friday
Sep242010

Obama Praises Killing of Leader of FARC in Colombia

Photo Courtesy - The White House(NEW YORK) -- Prior to holding a formal bilateral meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, President Obama spoke on Thursday's raid on the FARC camp, which led to the killing of the rebel group's number two leader, Jorce Briceno.

“Yesterday was a big day for the people of Colombia and those who are seeking peace in the region,” the president said in New York City Friday, “because of outstanding work by Colombian security forces they were able to embark on a mission that resulted in a death of the leader of FARC.”

President Obama went on to say that Colombians have been plagued by “this terrorist insurgency for a very long time,” but because of this success, the country now has a “chance to see continued stability in Colombia and in the region.”

Santos express that his country is now entering a “new era,” and that they can finally turn to focusing on a “more progressive agenda,” including social development and environmental issues.

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