Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, May10, 2005

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For IMMEDIATE Release

Plan Colombia: Successes & Challenges
Hyde Schedules Wednesday Examination; Speaker Hastert to Testify
 

BACKGROUND:  Since FY 2000, the United States has provided $2.8 billion in aid through the Andean Counterdrug Initiative (ACI) to Colombia in an effort to end that country’s lengthy domestic armed conflict, curb drug trafficking, reduce the threat of narco-terrorism and promote economic and social development. In FY 2006, the Administration has requested an additional $463 million in funding and $90 million in Foreign Military Financing. Progress is evident in reduced opium production and dramatic reduction in murders, kidnappings and terrorist attacks as the Colombian National Police and the Columbian military extend their reach into regions of Colombia previously controlled by narco-terrorists. Critics remain concerned about human rights violations by left-wing and paramilitary units, continuing high-levels of coca production, and the negative consequences to the civilian population from a civil conflict fueled by drug money.  Wednesday’s hearing will evaluate its progress and challenges of continued U.S. involvement in Colombia. 

WHAT:                              Full Committee Oversight Hearing: Plan Colombia: Major Successes and New Challenges

WHEN:                              2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2005

WHERE:                            Room 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES:                    J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives;
                                          John P. Walters
, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP);
                                          Adolfo A. Franco
, Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development;
                                          Roger F. Noriega
, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State;
                                          Nancy J. Powell
, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State; and
                                          Ralph D. Utley, Acting Counternarcotics Officer and Interdiction Coordinator, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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