December 23, 1989 |
Escalating its protest of the U.S. invasion of Panama, Peru delivered a blow to the Bush Administration's anti-drug strategy Friday by pulling out of programs to find and destroy cocaine laboratories in the Andes. An Administration official said that President Alan Garcia's government broke off the $10-million-a-year U.S.-Peruvian program one day after it called for cancellation of a planned Andean summit conference on drugs.
December 22, 1989 |
Peru, a key ally in the war on drugs, called Thursday for cancellation of the upcoming Andean summit conference on drugs, a signal that Latin America's displeasure over the U.S. invasion of Panama has emerged as a serious threat to President Bush's anti-narcotics campaign. U.S. drug fighters officially maintained a stiff upper lip, saying that it is too early to speculate about adverse side effects that the U.S. move into Panama may have on their efforts.
December 19, 1989 |
The presidents of the Andean nations of Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador wound up a summit meeting in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands on Monday, urging consumer nations to back the war on illegal drugs and fair prices for their countries' goods to discourage the cultivation of coca.
December 8, 1989 |
A senator Thursday called on the Bush Administration to investigate whether chemicals exported by U.S. manufacturers are being used by drug traffickers in Latin America as an ingredient to produce cocaine. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a letter to Drug Control Policy Director William J. Bennett that his concern was prompted by a Dec. 5 report in The Times that the vast majority of the chemicals used in cocaine production originate in the United States.
July 19, 1989 |
William J. Bennett, director of the Administration's war on drugs, Tuesday described what he said are the highlights of his national anti-drug strategy, saying it will focus on blighted urban areas and attempt to recapture them from "the bad guys." The projected focus would mark a departure from previous federal efforts, which were aimed primarily at seizing narcotics being smuggled into the country and combatting drug cartels.
April 4, 1989 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev began his first full day of talks with Cuban President Fidel Castro on Monday amid indications that the two may be looking for a fresh approach to fighting the growing flow of drugs from Latin America. During their first 90 minutes of formal talks in the morning, both Gorbachev and Castro addressed the drug problem, according to Soviet spokesman Gennady I. Gerasimov, who sketchily described the meeting to reporters afterward.
August 31, 1988 |
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh on Tuesday announced results of a monthlong, unprecedented cooperative drug enforcement effort by 30 nations that he says can become "the norm rather than the exception" for a stepped-up drive against narcotics traffickers. "A signal has been sent to the drug kingpins," Thornburgh told a news conference here. The nations, which include Panama, "are working together . . . in an effective effort to stamp out drug trafficking," he said. In Bogota, Colombia, John C.
April 15, 1988 |
The Senate, faulting President Reagan for being too lenient on drug-trafficking countries in Latin America, voted overwhelmingly Thursday to penalize Mexico for failing to cooperate with efforts to stem the flow of drugs into the United States. The 63-27 vote was a largely symbolic rebuke of the Mexican government and the Reagan Administration since the President already has said he will reject the sanctions because they are contrary to U.S. national security interests.