In a direct response to W Radio, a State Department spokesperson said that the United States “supports efforts to find lasting solutions that will lead to peace throughout Colombia and condemns those who are undermining the Colombian peace agreement through drug trafficking.” .” The answer was given about the new 80-page report supporting the new drug policy of the Petro Government, revealed for the first time in this medium.
The response states, first, that effectively addressing drug trafficking and production in the modern era requires regional and global solutions, and “the United States welcomes dialogue and cooperation to that end.”
And added to the answer: “The environment of transnational organized crime and drug trafficking, with the associated challenges, is more complex than ever. We understand that our collective approach needs to evolve, and it has. ”
Elsewhere, the spokesperson said: “On the demand side, the United States is focused on expanding evidence-based practices in prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery for professionals working in the field to prevent and treat substance use disorders. On the supply side, the United States is focused not only on the illicit cultivation of plants and the illicit production and sale of any drug, including synthetic drugs, but also on addressing of the reasons why people engage in these activities”.
The answer was known a day after the visit of the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna to Washington DC and General Salamanca, this week, with several meetings even with congressmen where it was emphasized that the support of issues such as security, peace etc., is very widely accepted.
“It is important that we continue to work together to support the UN drug treaty framework and fulfill our obligations under it.
The United States Government maintains a strong interest in bringing drug traffickers to justice and avoiding impunity for acts committed by terrorists and other illegal armed groups.
The level of coca and cocaine production reported by the UNODC, as well as the rising trend itself, is worrying. The United States and Colombia have a common goal of reducing coca cultivation and cocaine production, and we will continue to work together for that purpose.
Although the UNODC report shows a large increase in the cultivation of coca, the progress has slowed down compared to last year.
Regarding the latest harvest report issued by the United Nations, Minister Osuna, in fact, pointed out that, although the figure is growing, the curve is flattening: “of the 43% that increased in 2021, in 2022 it will increase to 13 %.%″.