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Jun 18, 2014 10:08 AM by Associated Press

Biden meets Colombia's re-elected President Santos

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with Colombia's president just three days after Juan Manuel Santos won re-election. Santos says the vote was an endorsement of talks to end the Western Hemisphere's last armed conflict.

Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin says Biden is eager to learn how the 18-month-old negotiations are going with the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and what post-conflict role the United States can play.

Colombian officials say implementing a peace deal will be far more complicated than sealing it.

The country has been at war for more than a half century and government peace commissioner Sergio Jaramillo says Colombia will depend heavily on international donors and boots-on-the-ground verification of accords.

Biden arrived Tuesday night from Brazil and departs later Wednesday for the Dominican Republic.

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