Antony Blinken, Secretary of State in the Biden administration, met yesterday (Monday, October 3) with the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, to discuss the new approach that the Colombian government wants to give to the fight against drugs led by the two nations.
According to the message that Petro shared, both during his campaign and in his speech to the UN Assembly, it is necessary to reverse this policy, which has proven to be a failure for producing countries. and consumers, moving from a purely warlike strategy towards a more global strategy.
“We remain committed to Colombia’s efforts to fully implement the 2016 Peace Agreement and support Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities disproportionately affected by the conflict. To date, the United States has provided over $1 billion in assistance to support the implementation of the Peace Agreement,” Blinken noted via his Twitter account.
We remain committed to Colombia’s efforts to fully implement the 2016 Peace Agreement and support Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities disproportionately affected by the conflict. To date, the United States has provided more than $1 billion in assistance to support the implementation of the Peace Accord. pic.twitter.com/1Fkj6S7ybQ
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) October 4, 2022
Although Blinken did not commit to finance the purchase of three million hectares of productive land, to hand them over to the peasants who currently cultivate coca, as the Petro government wanted, he assured that they would be guarantors of the ethnic component of the agreement, which seeks reparation from the indigenous, black, raizale and palenquera populations.
During the press conference held after the meeting, Blinken replied to the Los Angeles Times that his administration has listened carefully to the new proposals and is ready to support Petro’s approach in this fight, in particular in all that concerns the justice, development, environmental protection and, of course, supply and demand reduction.
In view of President Petro’s proposal to stop criminalizing the peasants who grow coca, whom he calls the “drug trafficking proletariat”, and who in many cases are forced to work for groups armed illegals, and begin to persecute the owners of the capitals who run the whole operation from the tranquility of major cities in Colombia, the United States and other places around the world, Blinken replied that “they are in tune”.
With regard to the thorny issue of extradition, on which there was less consensus, the Colombian government‘s proposal is that only those who do not respect the guarantees of non-repetition and the measures of reparation to victims, through new peace negotiations that they seek to implement, would be extradited, cases in which Colombia agrees to seek the maximum penalties.
Blinken, as a representative of an administration that seeks to continue the extradition processes that currently exist, stressed that they must continue to work on this issue.