Washington, Dec 8 Colombia and the US agreed on Thursday to create a working group to resolve differences between the two governments over the extradition policy of new Colombian President Gustavo Petro.
Colombia’s Minister of Justice, Nestor Osuna, explained at a press conference in Washington at the end of his official visit to the United States that the group would be based in Bogota and that, among other matters, it would address “important matters that arise” in extradition cases. In.
The minister said Petro has announced that a final agreement with the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas could suspend extradition of its members to the United States in a similar way that happened with the defunct FARC.
The United States has also expressed concern that Colombia may block the extradition of drug lords.
For the time being, Osuna confirmed, “there is no case in this regard”, as Petro’s government continues to authorize extraditions, but “it is better to be prepared”, said the minister, who wants to avoid the matter from being “traumatic”. Want to for relations between the two countries.
In any case, Osuna was “very satisfied” with the talks he had with senior US government officials, who attended with “great receptivity” even more than he expected.
The minister confirmed that the Joe Biden government has “never” expressed concern to him about the eradication of coca crops in Colombia, where Petro is committed to a new comprehensive strategy to combat drug trafficking that focuses only on the destruction of plantations. Doesn’t focus on.
Ozuna claimed that the fight against drug trafficking “must change” because the policies implemented so far in coordination with the United States “have not produced the expected results.”
In addition to fighting against property laundering and money laundering, he opted for “strong cooperation” in the seizure of drugs by sea and river.
And he asked the United States to evaluate the results of the anti-drug policy through “much more important” indices than the number of hectares of crops used so far.
“The skeptical voices of mistrust of the North American government (to Colombia) were unfounded and have been dispelled by this trip,” he concurred.