Obama Praises the Killing of #2 Leader of FARC in Colombia

By Jared

Sep 24, 2010 1:26pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:   Before holding a formal bilateral meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos President Obama mentioned the raid on the FARC camp yesterday, which led to the killing of Jorce Briceno, the #2 leader of the rebel group.   “Yesterday was a big day for the people of Colombia and those who are seeking peace in the region,” President Obama said in New York City today, “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 said that the people of Colombia 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.”   The Colombian president said 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.   President Obama also noted that President Santos likes to “boast” about the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team, the Colombian leader a graduate of the university.  The two leaders are both graduates of Harvard as well.   Santos joked that his critics say he was educated at the University of Kansas but “corrupted at Harvard.”   Obama added that Republicans think he was "corrupted somewhere."   –Sunlen Miller

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