State Department Claims Success vs. Cocaine in Colombia as President Uribe Requests Extension of Multi-Billion Dollar Plan Colombia

Press Release March 23, 2004
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Tony Newman at 212-613-8026 or Elizabeth Mendez Berry at 212-613-8036

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is in Washington this week, rallying support for an extension of Plan Colombia, the multi-billion dollar package that runs out in 2005. But while President George W. Bush commends Uribe (Colombia’s government is the only Latin American administration that supported the war in Iraq), critics suggest that the Plan has been anything but a success.

“For the State Department to claim victory in Colombia when these policies are failing by their own standards is ridiculous,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Even they admit that these fumigations haven’t made a dent in the cocaine supply in the U.S.–their stated goal. What’s sad is that they’ve been dumping poison in Latin America for years, and all they have to show for it is thousands of acres of denuded rainforest.”

Criticisms of Plan Colombia’s combination of Fumigations and Military aid include:

A young woman holds a sign that says "End the Drug War."

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