Colombia

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 10th December 2002.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour/Co-operative, North West Leicestershire 2:30 pm, 10th December 2002

The United States of America has earmarked $1.3 billion for Plan Colombia, of which 80 per cent. is destined for the military and the police and a pathetic 1 per cent. for the peace process. Can the Minister reassure the House that the millions of euros pledged by the EU nations will be used for the search for an economic, political and social solution to the complex difficulties in Colombia, which have worsened with the endemic violence in that country and the ambivalent attitude of President Uribe to the trafficking of heroin and cocaine?