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Sunday, 05 July 2015 00:00

Increase in illicit crops proof of the failure of drug policy

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Report from Havana, Cuba, July 5, 2015

Carlos Antonio Lozada, head of the Technical Subcommission of the FARC-EP, spoke about the UN report, which deals with drugs and crime and indicates that illicit crops in Colombia grew with 44%. Comandante Lozada said that the report is proof of the failure of the drug policy implemented so far by the Government.

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He noted that it is necessary to implement the agreements reached until now to build trust. "There is nothing in the reached agreements that is not possible to carry out within the framework of existing laws. Its application therefore is primarily a question of political will and of social justice for millions of Colombians whose problems would be resolved with the implementation of the parcial agreements on  Comprehensive Rural Development, Political Participation and Illicit Drugs?. 

Lozada said that new forms of criminal organizations, linked to drug trafficking, have rosen up in the country, and that "It is necessary to adopt a new vision to address the causes and consequences of this phenomenon, especially presenting alternatives that lead to improved living conditions for the communities in the territories affected by illicit crops" as shown in the spirit and body of the partial agreement.

He qualified the position of justice minister Yesid Reyes as positive, in the sense that it is urgent to redesign drugs policy, and expressed the readiness of the FARC-EP to contribute, together with the communities affected by this phenomenon, to the implementation of the  agreements. 

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