Drug Control: U. S. Assistance to Colombia Will Take Years to Produce Results

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DIANE Publishing, 2001 - 51 pages
The U.S. has been providing assistance to Colombia since the early 1970s to help the Colombian Nat. Police and other law enforcement agencies, the military, and civilian agencies in their efforts to reduce illegal drug production and trafficking activities. Despite this assistance, Colombia remains the world's leading producer of cocaine and has become a major source of the heroin being used in the U.S. This report determines: how the drug threat has changed in recent years; what problems, if any, the U.S. has had in providing its assistance to Colombia; and what challenges the U.S. and Colombia face in reducing the illegal drug activities. Charts, tables and map. Also includes a 17-page GAO report, "Drug Control: Financial and Management Challenges Continue to Complicate Efforts to Reduce Illicit Drug Activities in Colombia," Statement of Jess T. Ford, Dir., International Affairs and Trade, Testimony Before the Caucus on International Narcotics Control, U.S. Senate (June 3, 2003)

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Page 33 - October 21, 1998, the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 1999 (PL 105-277) provided an additional $732 million to support antidrug and drug interdiction activities.
Page 36 - Ms. Susan S. Westin, Managing Director, International Affairs and Trade, US General Accounting Office.
Page 6 - United States has supported Colombia's efforts to reduce drug-trafficking activities and to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. The...
Page 37 - Associate Director International Relations and Trade Issues United States General Accounting Office Washington, DC 20548 Dear Ms.
Page 11 - ... involved in all aspects of the drug trade. According to DEA, several billion dollars flow into Colombia each year from the cocaine trade alone. This vast amount of drug money has made it possible for these organizations to gain unprecedented economic, political, and social power and influence.
Page 6 - Defense (DOD), the Department of State, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have provided Colombia in terms of counternarcotics equipment, training, logistics, and related support for fiscal years 1996-2000.
Page 31 - To this end, the study is sponsored jointly by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (OASD/SO/LIC) and the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (DOS/R).
Page 39 - An analysis of the effectiveness of the role of the Department of Defense Coordinator for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support...
Page 20 - ... substantial funding may be needed. Colombia is relying on international donors in addition to the United States to fund Plan Colombia. But much of the support has yet to materialize. To date, the Colombian Government has not shown that it has the detailed plans and funding necessary to achieve these goals. Colombia faces continuing challenges associated with its political and economic instability fostered by its longstanding insurgency and the need for the police and the military to comply with...
Page 3 - Colombia proposes to reduce the cultivation, processing, and distribution of narcotics by 50 percent over 6 years.

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