Newsbrief: Congress Questions Colombia's Drug War Performance 6/21/02

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An unreleased Congressional report states that Colombia is not fulfilling its obligations in the joint effort with the US to fight drug trafficking, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. Colombia has failed to provide personnel to pilot 14 US-supplied Black Hawk helicopters, leaving the helicopters grounded. Colombia has also reduced drug crop-eradication operations due to "political concerns." The Bush administration is currently pushing to increase military funding to Colombia in order to enable the country to continue to fight the drug war.

Colombia drug war funding has been heavily criticized by human rights and environmental groups as well as organizations supporting the nation's peace process.

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