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Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

FARC-EP responds to Attorney General on aerial sprayings

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Report from Havana, Cuba: April 30, 2015

"Spraying with glyphosate doesn?t fit into new anti-drug policy"

The Peace Delegation responded from Havana to the statements made by Attorney General Alejandro Ord??ez, who recently claimed that the suspension of aerial sprayings with glyphosate would favor drug-trafficking in Colombia

joaquin-gomez.jpg Comandante Joaqu?n G?mez reminded the Attorney General Alejandro Ord??ez that the anti-drug policy, as it was designed by the State, failed. The main beneficiaries of coca crops are not the farmers who cultivate them, but the domestic and foreign banks who keep over 80% of the profits of the business.

"If there has indeed been a request to suspend the use of glyphosate by the government in regard to the fight against the illicit use of drugs, the FARC welcomes this decision, even if it wasn?t the result of the talks in Havana, since it is clear that in relation to that specific issue, there is a mayor disagreement with the delegates of President Santos?, said Comandante G?mez.

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He claimed that these aerial sprayings have produced terrible damage to the ecosystem and to the farmers. He pointed out that the new anti-drug policy should be based on human rights; moreover, the eradication must be discussed with the communities and accompanied by development projects.

"We think that if you really want to contribute to peace in Colombia, which we believe is pretty doubtful, you should make efforts in order to implement - right now - the partial agreement on illicit drugs in Colombia. The FARC-EP has absolute willingness to contribute to its implementation?, was the last message sent by Comandante Joaqu?n G?mez to the Attorney General.

Read complete communique in Spanish here

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