Los Angeles Times | 7/3/2009 12:00:00 AM
Obama has come around to seeing the progress Colombia has made in human rights areas and is rightfully backing a free-trade agreement.
"We've seen improvements when it comes to prosecution of those carrying out these blatant human rights offenses," Obama said. Furthermore, he added, he has instructed U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to work with his Colombian counterparts to bring the free-trade agreement to fruition. All of which suggested that Colombia has turned a corner since Obama's election, and that the United States may now be more favorably inclined to free trade with this Andean nation.
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