March 8, 1989
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics, charged that President Bush has failed to make the war on drugs a priority in the nation's foreign policy and has sown confusion among South American leaders. Fresh from a meeting in Ecuador with more than 200 officials from five Andean nations, the congressman said it was "embarrassing" to talk with his South American counterparts about the U.S. commitment to battling drugs.
February 12, 1990 |
President Bush will travel to Colombia this week for a highly symbolic drug summit that is unlikely to have a quick impact on the flow of cocaine from South America, according to officials involved in pre-summit negotiations. Months of preparations for the long-awaited meeting, intended to coordinate a multi-pronged attack on cocaine at its source, have produced only a 16-page communique that "could have been signed last fall," one source said. In the meantime, U.S.
February 26, 1992 |
Two years after President Bush launched his "Andean strategy" to attack the supply of cocaine at its overseas source, the effort is wobbling noticeably and raising questions about whether its multimillion-dollar budget would be better spent elsewhere. The plan, which gives large aid infusions to the Andean nations of Bolivia, Colombia and Peru to beef up law enforcement and military strength there and to wean the nations' economies from drug production, has enjoyed crucial bipartisan support.
June 1, 1992 |
The Bush Administration, in an effort to close off new smuggling routes used by South American drug traffickers, has drafted plans to expand the use of U.S. troops and military helicopters in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, Bush Administration officials confirmed Sunday. Under one proposal now being circulated by the Administration to lawmakers, about a dozen U.S.
February 6, 1990 |
The Drug Enforcement Administration has moved to block U.S. chemical shipments to 52 South American companies on grounds that the solvents they import are likely to be used in the production of cocaine, congressional sources said Monday. The move, authorized under new legislation, comes as revised intelligence estimates indicate that as much as 70% of all the solvents shipped by the United States to the Andean nations wind up as ingredients in cocaine processing, the sources said.
August 19, 1988 |
South American drug barons are setting their sights on Britain and continental Europe as potentially rich markets for cocaine, junior Foreign Office minister Tim Eggar told a radio interviewer Thursday. Eggar had just finished a tour of South America's chief cocaine growing and manufacturing nations, principally Colombia and Peru.