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Thursday, February 03, 2005

War and Drugs in Colombia

Bogotá/Brussels, 27 January 2005: Lumping anti-drug policies and anti-insurgency policies together in Colombia reduces the chances either will succeed and hinders the search for peace.

War and Drugs in Colombia,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, emphasises that fighting drugs and drug trafficking is a necessary but not sufficient condition for moving Colombia toward a sustainable peace. While the state must confront drug trafficking forcefully, President Alvaro Uribe's claim that the conflict pits a democracy against merely "narco-terrorists" who must be met by all-out war does not do justice to the complexity of the decades-old struggle with the left-wing insurgent Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the far-right United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC).


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