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Boletín de Prensa Internacional 30/06/09

Señales combinadas entre los arbustos de coca
The Economist () Mixed signals among the coca bushes

An apparent fall in cocaine production conceals the remarkable resilience of an illegal industry
A YEAR ago when the United Nations’ annual survey showed a rise of 27% in the area planted with coca in Colombia in 2007, the government expressed “serious doubts” about the reliability of the estimate. On June 19th Colombian officials were so proud of the UN’s finding of an 18% decrease last year that they rushed to announce it five days ahead of its scheduled release. Although cultivation of coca, the hardy shrub from which cocaine is refined, is reported to have increased in Peru and Bolivia (see chart), the UN claims that lower yields mean that 28% less cocaine was produced in Colombia. Taken together with an estimated fall of 19% in opium-poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) calls the results “encouraging”. ver>>

Por Operación Jaque, juez ecuatoriano ordena el arresto del ex ministro Santos
BBC Mundo (UK) Juez de Ecuador ordena arresto de Santos

El ex ministro de Defensa de Colombia es requerido por la justicia ecuatoriana.
Una corte en Ecuador dictó una orden de prisión preventiva contra el ex ministro de Defensa de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, por la operación militar colombiana del 1 de marzo de 2008 contra un campamento de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) en territorio ecuatoriano.
En el ataque murieron 25 personas (18 según Colombia), entre ellas el entonces portavoz de las FARC, Raúl Reyes. ver>>

Obama persigue un camino diferente con Uribe
The Washington Post (EE.UU.) Obama to Pursue Different Path With Colombia's Uribe

White House Is Expected to Raise Concerns About Human Rights, Democracy.
In a White House ceremony in January, President George W. Bush awarded Colombian President Álvaro Uribe the Presidential Medal of Freedom and praised him for his "immense personal courage and strength of character" for taking on his country's fight against Marxist guerrillas.
On Monday, Uribe again arrives at the White House. But this time he will encounter an administration pushing to expand its alliances in Latin America and increasingly worried about Colombia's dismal human rights record, Colombia experts say.
Obama administration officials declined interview requests to discuss policy toward Colombia, a country that has received nearly $6 billion in mostly military aid since Uribe took office in 2002. ver>>