Letter to Congress on U.S. Personnel in Colombia, July 3, 2002
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
July 3, 2002
TEXT OF A LETTER
FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND
THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
June 24, 2002
Dear Mr. Speaker:
(Dear Mr. President:)
Pursuant to section
3204(f), title III, chapter 2, of the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000
(the "Act"), as enacted in the Military Construction Appropriations
Act, 2001, Public Law 106-246, I am pleased to submit the enclosed report
to the Congress. The report provides "the aggregate number, locations,
activities, and lengths of assignment for all temporary and permanent
U.S. military personnel and U.S. individual civilians retained as contractors
involved in the antinarcotics campaign in Colombia."
In so doing, I note
and appreciate the continued strong bipartisan support given to U.S. programs
assisting Colombia in the Act and elsewhere.
This report is classified
because of force protection considerations and the high level of terrorist
threat in Colombia. However, the aggregate numbers given below are unclassified.
The report indicates
that as of November 16, 2001, the end of this reporting period, there
were 177 temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and 220 U.S.
civilians retained as individual contractors in Colombia involved in supporting
Plan Colombia, as described in this eighth report to the Congress in accordance
with the Act. This report further indicates that during October and November
2001, these figures at no time exceeded the ceilings established in section
3204(b) of the Act.
GEORGE W. BUSH
As of July 8, 2002,
this document was also available online at http://usinfo.state.gov/admin/011/lef501.htm