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Narco News 2001

January 10, 2001

It's Almost Official:

European Union Rejects "Plan Colombia"

International Parliament: "The

US Proposal is a War Plan"

Final Vote Next Week

Publisher's Note: For five months the US press corps has played a disingenuous game by claiming, on and off again, that the European Community supports the $1.3 billion US-imposed "Plan Colombia" military intervention.

Since August, The Narco News Bulletin has consistently explained why this is not the case; we have reported that the European Union is opposed to the war plan.

Yesterday, as AFP reports from Brussels, the US Plan Colombia project faced its final defeat in the process leading to next week's vote by the full parliament. None of our sources believe there is any possibility for a last minute revival of the plan. The Spanish government is isolated in its support for Plan Colombia and the rest of Europe is offering a loud "NO" to the Plan. Washington is now more isolated than ever in supporting this modern-day atrocity.

Brussells, Belgium

January 9, 2001

Reported by AFP, Translated by Narco News

A Commission of the European Parliament rejected on Tuesday a resolution for the anti-drug Plan Colombia of President Andrés Pastrana, as it demonstrated support for the peace process in the Andean country.

The resolution will be voted on next week in the full European House in Strausborg, France, after a member of the Commission and another of the European Council respond to questions about Plan Colombia, said deputy Joaquim Miranda on Tuesday.

The position of the European Union (EU) on the plan "will be made clear once and for all," said Miranda of Portugal{s United Left Party, president of the commission on Development and Cooperation. "The European Union should support a peace plan in Colombia, but at the same time distance itself from Plan Colombia, which is a war plan," he said. The European Union has pronounced in favor to supporting peace in Colombia but not Plan Colombia.

Various countries have expressed their opposition to Plan Colombia, among them Sweden and Belgium, while Spain actively supports it. The European Council and Commission will have to give their opinion next week about the military portion of the Plan and report on the participation of the European Union in the Plan, "in specific terms such as the intervention and the financial contribution." It will also have to explain to the members of Parliament if it believes that some interventions could have negative effects on peace negotiations, if it fears the extension of the conflict to neighboring countries and a sophisticated arms traffic in the region.

In the resolution, the members of Parliament consider that "a large level of militarization of the anti-drug fight runs the risk of escalating the conflict in the region."

From the People Who Predicted this Outcome Last August