Withdrawal of U.S. Military Assistance for Colombia No. 472
Whereas a volatile military and political situation exists in Colombia accompanied by brutality, assassination, and the increasing control of segments of the country by paramilitary;
Whereas U.S. involvement in Central and South American historically has had a detrimental effect on 1) the resolution of disputes, 2) exercise of civil rights, and 3) preservation and restoration of democratic government, e.g., Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador;
Whereas the large sum of money (over two billion dollars, second only to that accorded Israel and Egypt) voted by the U.S. Congress to curb the drug traffic emanating from Colombia. [Clinton waived the human rights conditions contained in the legislation appropriating military aid to Colombia];
Whereas the present government demonstrates limited potential to implement peace with the National Liberation Front (FARC) in the face of conquests and power of the paramilitary;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by AMERICANS for DEMOCRATIC ACTION that: No further military assistance be provided to Colombia. Instead, 1) the appropriated two billion dollar should be applied to an "effective" plan for the reduction of demand for drugs in the U.S, and 2) attention should be directed to mechanisms to reduce profit from the drug traffic. These steps would go a long way toward settling the disputes in Colombia where military hardware purchased by both the FARC and the paramilitary has been funded by the drug trade.
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Foreign and Military Policy Commission