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James P. Rubin, spokesman, Department of State, statement, September 23, 1999

U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
(New York, New York)
For Immediate Release
September 23, 1999

Statement by James P. Rubin, Spokesman

Colombia's Strategy

In his address to the UN General Assembly, President Pastrana described "Plan Colombia" and called on the international community to support his efforts to combat narcotics trafficking and end his nation's internal conflict. "Plan Colombia" is a comprehensive approach to the complex factors that have sustained the growth of the narcotics industry and its associated ills in Colombia for generations. The United States is determined to take on the threat posed by the international production and distribution of illicit narcotics. We remain committed to the preservation and strengthening of Colombia's democratic and human rights institutions, and will assist Colombia where possible in the revitalization of its economy.

We applaud the GOC's strategy as an ambitious, but realistic, package of mutually reinforcing policies to revive Colombia's drug-ravaged economy, reinforce the democratic pillars of its society, advance its peace process, and eliminate "sanctuaries" for narcotics producers and their agents. The U.S. Government will carefully review Colombia's request for international assistance and, in consultation with the Congress, develop proposals on how the U.S. can best assist the GOC.

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As of March 13, 2000, this document is also available at http://www.usia.gov/regional/ar/colombia/rubin23.htm

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