Andean drug war budget cuts

19 02 2007

Bush plans deep cuts to Andean drug war budget

By Martin Arostegui
February 17, 2007

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — President Bush’s new budget calls for deep cuts in the leading U.S. program to fight drug trafficking in the Andean region, amid growing clashes over drug policy between Washington and leftist governments in Venezuela and Bolivia.
The cuts to the Andean Counterdrug Initiative (ACI) affect every country in the region except Colombia. They have been criticized by governments in the area, as well as by U.S. counternarcotics officials and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“It would be the largest across-the-board reduction in aid since the war on drugs began,” said one U.S. diplomatic official, who asked not to be named.

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