December 16, 1989 |
In their single biggest victory in the drug war, Colombian police Friday shot and killed notorious narcotics trafficker Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, who as a leader of the Medellin cartel waged a campaign of terror to maintain the world's biggest cocaine empire.
December 8, 1989 |
The Colombian government sought to rally national and international support Thursday for its battle against drug lords accused of planning a terrorist bomb attack that killed as many as 61 people. "With faith, bravery and firmness let us stand up to defend the fatherland," President Virgilio Barco Vargas said in a message from Japan, where he was finishing an official visit. "We are not going to let ourselves fall under the bloody tyranny of the narco-terrorists."
November 18, 1989 |
Colombian President Virgilio Barco Vargas will visit Japan on Dec. 5-8, the Foreign Ministry said Friday. Barco will meet Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu and Emperor Akihito during his visit, officials said.
October 11, 1989 |
The presidents of South America's three principal cocaine-producing countries on Tuesday invited President Bush to a summit within 90 days to forge joint strategies in the "frontal assault" on drug trafficking, and Bush quickly accepted the proposal. Bush expressed his willingness to take part shortly after word of the proposal by Presidents Alan Garcia of Peru, Jaime Paz Zamora of Bolivia and Virgilio Barco Vargas of Colombia reached the White House, spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said. "We accept.
October 6, 1989 |
The government said Thursday that it will let voters decide whether suspected drug traffickers wanted in the United States should be extradited. A plan by President Virgilio Barco Vargas to hold a referendum on the extradition issue was announced in a communique made public by Minister of Government Orlando Vasquez, who had earlier announced plans to resign. Vasquez appears to be a casualty of political fighting within Barco's Liberal Party.
September 30, 1989 |
In an emotional appeal for global support, President Virgilio Barco Vargas of Colombia told the United Nations on Friday that his country stands in the front line of the "total war" waged against all nations by drug cartels, a war that he declared Colombia and the world must win. The white-haired Latin leader won repeated applause as delegates cheered him for more than a minute--a far more positive response than that given to President Bush, Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.
September 29, 1989 |
President Bush, seeking to shore up Colombia for a prolonged offensive against its cocaine cartels, promised Thursday that the United States will take the lead in repairing an international coffee agreement considered critical to the Colombian economy. The pledge to visiting Colombian President Virgilio Barco Vargas was a clear sign of the White House's determination to bolster Barco and his government in the face of burgeoning opposition within the South American nation to the anti-drug effort.
September 28, 1989 |
President Bush plans to offer new assistance to Colombian President Virgilio Barco Vargas, including possible support for financially depressed coffee growers, to counter mounting pressure on Bogota to call off its war on the drug cartels, sources said Wednesday. Bush will discuss the additional U.S. help at the White House today in what will be his first face-to-face meeting with Barco since the Colombian leader, backed by $65 million in emergency U.S.