to the 2004 Foreign Relations Authorization Act introduced by Majority
Leader Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tennessee), July 10, 2003
To commend the leadership and people of Colombia on the third anniversary
of Plan Colombia)
On page 242, between lines 12 and 13, insert the following:
COMMENDATION OF THE LEADERSHIP AND PEOPLE OF COLOMBIA ON THE SUCCESSFUL
IMPLEMENTATION OF PLAN COLOMBIA.
makes the following findings:
13, 2003, marks the third anniversary of the enactment of legislation
providing initial United States assistance for the Plan Colombia initiative.
Since then, the United States has provided over $3 billion in support
of Plan Columbia.
this period, the Government of Colombia, with United States support,
has made progress in the eradication and seizure of illegal drugs.
total area of coca cultivation in Colombia has declined 59.9 percent
from 163,289 hectares in 2000 to 102,071 at the end of 2002, with a
further additional 65,000 hectares to be sprayed with herbicides in
hectares of poppy crop have been sprayed with herbicides in 2002, and
an additional 1,658 hectares to be sprayed in 2003; and
January 2002 and May 2003, 100 tons of pure cocaine and 850 kilos of
heroin have been seized, with a street value of approximately $3,000,000,000.
armed forces of Colombia have 60 percent more combat-ready troops than
in 1999, including three United States-trained counterdrug brigades
and five riverine brigades.
armed forces of Colombia are taking steps against the drug traffickers
and terrorists in Colombia, as demonstrated by the capture, as of July
2003, of some 3,553 guerrillas and 1,336 members of paramilitaries and
the surrender of an additional 1,138 members of illegal groups, the
destruction of more than 1,000 coca laboratories, the confiscation of
solid and liquid chemicals used for manufacturing cocaine, and the seizure
of weapons from guerrillas and drug traffickers.
(6) In the past several years, the Government of Colombia has extradited
78 persons to the United States to face trial on narcotics and terrorism
Government of Colombia is working to establish law and order in Colombia--
have reportedly declined in Colombia during the first months of 2003,
as compared to the same period in 2002; and
have reportedly declined during the first months of 2003, as compared
to the same period in 2002.
Government of Colombia is training and equipping during 2003, thousands
of new police officers who will be stationed in hundreds of rural towns
where there is little or no police presence.
Government of Colombia plans to increase defense spending from 3.5 percent
of its gross domestic product in 2002 to 5.8 percent of its gross domestic
product by 2006, and to enlarge its armed forces by 126,000 troops.
is in the national interests of the United States to continue to support
the efforts of President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia, and the Government
and people of Colombia, to stop narcotics trafficking, end terrorism,
strengthen democracy, and protect human rights.
President Alvaro Uribe Velez of Colombia and the Government and the
people of Colombia on the third anniversary of Plan Colombia and for
their efforts in fighting illegal drugs and terrorism; and
and encourages the efforts of President Uribe and the Government and
people of Colombia to preserve and strengthen democracy, protect human
rights, and provide economic opportunity in Colombia.