January 13, 1990 |
Narcotics traffickers are turning their attention from affluent consumer countries to the developing world, the head of a U.N. anti-drugs agency said Friday. "Latin America could explode. We are in a situation that is very close to total collapse," Giuseppe di Gennaro, executive director of the U.N. Fund for Drug Abuse Control, said.
December 30, 1989 |
In the wake of the Bush Administration's use of a military invasion to oust a leader accused of drug trafficking in Panama, U.S. officials are striving to prevent adverse Latin American reaction from hampering its drug-interdiction efforts in other countries in the region. Bush Administration diplomatic officials won agreement this week from the Peruvian government to reverse its declared halt to cooperative drug-fighting operations with U.S. agents in that country.
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.