The Pilot | 3/12/2009 12:00:00 AM
Colombian leaders urge Obama to reform US policy toward Colombia
Mar 12 -- Colombian community leaders urged President Barack Obama to reform U.S. policy toward Colombia to end the destructive drug trade and more than 40 years of civil war.
Speaking on Capitol Hill March 5, Msgr. Hector Henao Gaviria said Colombia's civil war has had a "very grave humanitarian impact," especially on displaced families. Msgr. Henao, head of Caritas Colombia and the social affairs commission of the Colombian bishops' conference, said there must be a coherent, joint and "negotiated solution to armed conflict" that includes the participation of civil society.
Colombia is second only to Sudan as a country with the most internally displaced people, said several Colombian community leaders who also participated in the discussion on Colombia.
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