United States and Colombian government officials pledged renewed efforts to fight drug trafficking here, yet critics claim they’re returning to failed efforts in a losing fight against cocaine production.
Haley said Colombia and the U.S. are targeting to cut in half coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia.
In 2015, Colombia suspended a U.S.-sponsored program that targeted coca fields with herbicide sprayed from airplanes after the World Health Organization determined the key compound the government used is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
“If the war on drugs is to continue to be fought, Colombia should stop aerial spraying campaigns aimed at destroying coca crops and instead focus its anti-drug strategies on those stages of production and trafficking where organized crime groups obtain the most profit,” according to a report by Daniel Mejía, director of the Research Center on Drugs and Security at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota.
Former President Juan Manuel Santos pushed development and alternative crops in rural areas to encourage farmers to reject planting coca.