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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

US State Department Certifies Colombia's Anti-Narcotics Program Providing $38 Million in Aid

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

Anti-narcotics workers destroy a coca plantation in Tumaco, Colombia.

The results of the anti-narcotics strategy implemented by Colombia in 2021 was highlighted by the United States Department of State, which on April 19 certified the process through a letter sent to the Colombian Congress. According to the US government, the actions of the South American country have been effective and these do not go against the provisions of the Peace Agreement.

“I certify that the government of Colombia has been implementing a national anti-narcotics strategy with the objective of reducing illicit crops and coca production by 50 percent by the year 2023 and that such strategy does not violate the peace agreements that they signed that were signed in 2016 between the government and the FARC,” says in the letter signed by Wendy Sherman, US Undersecretary of State.

The document described the actions led by the government of President Iván Duque as "aggressive." He highlighted that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which stopped most processes around the world, the country's anti-narcotics policy achieved record results in 2020 and 2021.

Likewise, he pointed out that it complied with the Five Pillars established in the 2018 anti-narcotics strategy, which includes the dismantling of criminal organizations, the reduction of drug demand, the fight against money laundering, and the increase in foot power in rural areas.

That "aggressive" policy is what would have allowed that during the current government, according to the Ministry of Defense (MinDefense), 1,010,616 kilograms of cocaine, and 1,062,932 kilograms of marijuana have been seized with 8,625 drug laboratories being destroyed. In addition, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), a 7% reduction was reported in the area planted with coca in the country, going from 154,000 hectares in 2019 to 143,000 in 2020. On the contrary, the capacity to obtain cocaine per hectare has increased in recent years. Despite this, the United States continues to welcome the actions implemented by Colombia.

As for not going against the Final Peace Agreement, the US State Department supported its statement based on an analysis published by the Kroc Institute for International Peace in December of last year. According to the think tank, the current administration has continued to implement the provisions on illicit drugs agreed upon in the agreement.

This document, beyond its political relevance for the country, represents an important economic boost, because this certification is a necessary requirement for the disbursement of 20% of the resources approved annually by the US for the South American country. In this case, the delivery of US $38 million corresponding to the fiscal year 2021 was pending.

The United States is one of the most important countries with which Colombia has cooperation agreements. It should even be remembered that in December of last year the United States approved its defense budget for 2022 and this included alliances with Colombia to support issues such as the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism. In that budget, conditions were also established to deliver the resources.

It is not new that the United States requires certain commitments from Colombia before supporting the programs that are carried out in the country, but it is noteworthy that last year, for the first time, they commit the public force. Colombia must prove that it is investigating the soldiers involved in alleged cases of abuse of force and this will have to be certified by the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken.

"It must be certified that the Colombian State is investigating the police officers who ordered, directed, or used excessive force and other illegal acts against people who demonstrated peacefully in 2021," reads the bill approved last year .

Thus, Colombia must continue to prove to the United States that it is a trustworthy ally. In addition to the guarantees of the public force, it will also have to continue consolidating the anti-narcotics policy because the commitment is that by the end of 2023 the hectares of illicit crops planted in the country will drop to about 104,000.

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    nothing from Culombia is believable while alvaro uribe velez does not
    Pay for his life time of crime helped by the US and his latest puppet ivan duque...

  2. Millions in Aid to fight the war on drugs for Columbia.
    Wait when they cut yearly AID to Mexico, because you got a stubborn mule as president and is being puppetized by the military and cartels.

    1. Lol. First you were saying he was a puppet of the U.S now he is a puppet of the military and the cartels?... Do you keep up with the BB articles? All the cartels have been taking hits. Every single one. Get outta here dude. You're stupid.

    2. At 9:50 I myself do keep up with articles and comments. Unkown he/she had earlier mentioned that Lopez Obrador is the puppet of mex Military and cartels, I did not see no where, it's says he is puppet of U.S. you made that part up, you're the stupid azz one.

    3. 1040 unknown has made that claim plenty of times in the past. Poncho, you can't spell or form a proper sentence, therefore, you're not one to be calling anyone a "stupid azz"

    4. 12:43 you can't accept the truth that have to belittle me, I sure ain't crying.

  3. Lopez obrador just got on DEAs bad side by shutting down one of their programs and their diplomatic protection Hope he gets arrested by the new president when he leaves office hopefully it won't be a Morena candidate because that party will fade away with him when he leaves and it's just around the corner in two years.

    1. Obrador says hugs and kisses to cartels that send him bribes.Wonder who in his party told him to disband a good 25 year partner ship with USA? They say because one of thier retired compadre Cienfuegos got arrested, awhile back. Has something to do with it.

    2. It's his non interventionist approach to politics, his observation of a failed war on drugs, the continous sabotage and destabilization of countries around the world by U.S agencies and the list is a lot longer but I'll stop here Puncho.

    3. Arrested? No president of Mexico will ever be held accountable for cartel collusion.
      Look at its history.

  4. Another bump motherfucker. Just to claim you on our income tax bro. It's petty cash to dip into pard. In a drawer right here we reach in at the office. I suggest you keep the lines going or I'll make hell reach you to. A little hell ain't never hurt nobody! In fact since you think you like it so much how bout I dump a little more to spread the flames? You're gonna wish the Roman gave a little more shit about you after I Protestize you. There's a cross right there to get up on to. Let me just get you to nail yourself up on it! We always give a little more! A little bit ain't shit.

  5. 2:29 que chingados andas fumando bato?

    1. Todo el aigre del mundo guey. Algo privado pendejo y que tu nunca sabres lo que es. Embesil ninio no te andes burlando.

    2. 11:46 I ask because by your comments it looks like you burn patas del chamuco con todo petate y huaraches.


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