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Court Orders Halt to Use of Anti-Drug Herbicide

IN BRIEF / COLOMBIA

July 28, 2001|From Staff and Wire Reports

A Colombian court ordered a suspension of aerial eradication of drug crops using the chemical glyphosate, the main prong of a U.S.-backed anti-drug offensive in the nation.

The ruling by a Bogota district court came in response to a petition by an organization representing Colombia's native Indian communities.

There were conflicting reports on the scope of the ruling. Local media reported that it applied only to indigenous reserves in southern areas.

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