Death Of Colombian Rebel Leader Important Victory

The death of a Colombian rebel commander, who had a five-million-dollar US bounty on his head, was a major step in the fight against FARC rebels, White House spokesman Mike Hammer said Thursday. "This is an important victory for Colombia," said Hammer, national security spokesman for US President Barack Obama. "We firmly support the Colombian people, their security forces, and (Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos) in their efforts to combat the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)," he said. The spokesman added the day's stunning developments in Colombia would figure prominently during talks in New York on Friday between Santos and Obama on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly meeting. "President Obama looks forward to discussing this latest key development and other important bilateral, regional, and global issues when he meets with President Santos tomorrow here in New York," Hammer said.