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Biden: Security now second-tier with Colombia

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -

In his first visit to Colombia in more than a decade, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says he's pleased security concerns can now take a back seat to trade and economic issues in talks with Washington's longtime ally.

   Biden praised President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday for helping lead Latin America toward a "middle class, democratic and secure" future.

   He reiterated U.S. support for Santos' efforts to make peace with FARC rebels, noting apparent progress in Havana with a land reform agreement in talks on ending a half-century-old conflict.

   Biden did note Washington's insistence that human rights violators be tried in Colombia's civilian courts. U.S. officials have expressed concern over a new law that could shift cases to the military justice system.

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