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Colombia: drugs, US envoy hopes to continue cooperation

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(ANSA) – BOGOTÁ, AUGUST 24 – The director of the US National Office for Drug Control Policy, Rahul Gupta, has assured that his country hopes to maintain cooperation with Colombia in the fight against drugs, while taking into account the priority of the new government of President Gustavo Petro. At the end of a series of meetings with Colombian government officials, Gupta stressed that “we intend to continue to collaborate on the issues of countering drugs and security, while we work to align our priorities and our common interests”.

In his investiture speech, Petro stated that the anti-drug trafficking policy applied so far has failed and that his government will apply a different one, anticipating that there will no longer be fumigation of illicit crops with glyphosate. For his part, the new police director, General Henry Sanabria, announced that the forced eradication of those crops has been suspended and replaced in some places with “voluntary eradication”.

In this regard, Gupta recalled, after meeting the Colombian Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva, that “the US and Colombia have a shared history of 200 years of fighting drugs, and President Biden is aware that part of the politics of the past has marginalized people and it hasn’t worked for many populations, and that it can be done better. “

The US envoy stressed that the White House has initiated a “new approach to fighting drugs that is holistic”, that values ​​science, is “sensitive” and “people-centered”. Gupta finally assured that Biden “is taking strong action to reduce the use of drugs and the harm they cause”. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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