U.S and Colombia reveal Anti-drug-Trafficking Plan

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U.S and Colombia reveal Anti-drug-Trafficking Plan
U.S and Colombia reveal Anti-drug-Trafficking Plan

U.S and Colombia reveal Anti-drug-Trafficking Plan

The United States and Colombia on Monday unveil the launch of a new joint strategy to fight drug trafficking, with investments in areas affected by violence not an exception.

Ivan Duque, Colombian President and Robert O’Brien, US National Security Advisor made the joint statement in Bogota at the presidential palace, in a meeting. They did not reveal the actual amount of resources allocated to the strategy.

O’Brien said the US “will assist all of Colombia’s efforts… to ensure there is security within the country, to fight criminal organizations, a number of which are transnational, and in doing so, we will assist in creating the conditions for economic development” in both nations.

U.S and Colombia reveal Anti-drug-Trafficking Plan

Duque added that the US government “has not only seen the relevance of… continuing to efficiently fight drug trafficking and terrorism,” but also of “utilizing those efforts… with strong investment in places that have been ruined by terrorism.”

They duo displayed the initiative as a new phase of the “Plan Colombia,” a help package from Washington which is aimed at fighting drug trafficking in the South American country.

The U.S has given Colombia over $7 billion between 2000 and 2016 under the Plan Colombia agreement, but the fund ended up being used to combat guerillas without banning the drug trade.

U.S and Colombia reveal Anti-drug-Trafficking Plan

The declaration comes in the middle of a spike in crisis in the whole of Colombia, which has resulted to 33 massacres altogether this year, with reference to the United Nations.

The United Nations feels that criminal gangs are responsible for almost 80 percent of massacres in Colombia this year, the vast majority of them happening in departments with “illegal coca-producing enclaves.”

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