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U.S. aid to Colombia will shift from war to peace, Obama says

U.S. aid to Colombia will shift from war to peace, Obama says

The United States, after helping to finance Colombia's war against guerrillas for 15 years, on Thursday announced plans to boost aid for the South American nation's historic peace pact.

President Obama, speaking at the White House and with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at his side, said Colombia would have "no greater friend" than the U.S. as the Bogota government moves toward formally ending the oldest conflict in the Americas.

Obama said he will ask for $450 million for Colombia in his upcoming budget, more than the roughly $300 million that the Latin nation receives annually from Washington now but short of the $500 million that Santos was...

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