March 5th, 2006

Plan Petroleum in Colombia. Canadian Dimension July 1, 2004

July 1, 2004

SECTION: No. 4, Vol. 38; Pg. 42; ISSN: 0008-3402

Leech, Garry

In December 2000, U.S.-trained counter-narcotics battalions, U.S.-supplied Blackhawk helicopters and U.S.-piloted spray planes descended on Putumayo to conduct Plan Colombia's initial aerial fumigation campaign. In the four years since the initial spraying of coca crops, Putumayo has been a repeated target, as have many of the country's other southern departments. Although the U.S. government claims its fumigation prescriptions finally began decreasing coca cultivation in 2002 and 2003, there is still no evidence that Plan Colombia has achieved its principal goal of dramatically reducing the flow of cocaine to the United States. On the other hand, Plan Colombia's militarization of Putumayo has contributed significantly to increased oil exploration by multinational companies in this resource-rich region.
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