October 7, 1989 |
President Alan Garcia on Friday called on the United States to funnel billions of dollars to Peruvian peasants to encourage them to replace coca, the raw material for cocaine, with other crops as a way of curbing the drug trade. Saying Washington's anti-drug efforts were misguided, Garcia said the United States should invest in Peruvian agriculture and give seeds and fertilizers to induce farmers to switch from coca to coffee and other crops. "I propose the U.S.
September 7, 1989 |
Some Peruvians complained Wednesday that President Bush's new drug policy appears to ignore the urgent need to fund economic development in the world's largest coca-producing nation and instead focuses only on attacking cocaine production. The U.S. policy, outlined by embassy officials here, clearly shifts the anti-drug program's emphasis from eradicating coca fields to intercepting shipments of partially processed coca paste to Colombia.
June 17, 2001 |
In an upcoming U.S. visit, President-elect Alejandro Toledo will seek economic assistance to help quell simmering social unrest that could explode in the economically troubled Andean nation. "We have huge social expectations . . . that, if ignored, could risk undoing all the work we've done in terms of freedom and democracy," Toledo said Friday, warning of "strikes, emigration, discontent." The 55-year-old centrist economist of Andean Indian descent, who takes office July 28, will launch a U.S.
June 4, 1992 |
With elections scheduled for October in Peru, the Bush Administration has slightly relaxed its freeze on aid to the government of President Alberto Fujimori, a State Department official said Wednesday. Fujimori angered Washington and other Western Hemisphere governments April 12 when he suspended the Peruvian Congress, ousted the country's judges and suspended all political parties.
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.
September 18, 1991 |
Praising Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for improving his country's human rights record, President Bush urged Congress on Tuesday to release $94 million in U.S. aid to support a crop-substitution plan designed to persuade Peru's peasant farmers to abandon cocaine cultivation. "You have made progress on human rights," Bush told Fujimori after their White House meeting, the first between American and Peruvian presidents since 1942.