Consequences of the implementation of Plan Colombia for Venezuela. If Plan Colombia accomplishes the strategic goal (50% reduction in cocaine production), and narcotics trafficking groups move into Venezuela, the government will have to commit its Armed Forces but, under unequal military and technological conditions when compared to Colombia. Plan Colombia will also promote massive migration towards Venezuela as well as the displacement of subversive/paramilitary groups looking for safe havens. The security and defense of the Colombian border does not depend on the Venezuelan Armed Force exclusively. It also depends on the coordination of the various sectors involved in the nation's development. It is imperative to offer greater security and well-being assurance to the people of the border area in order to increase their presence in such an important region. Consequently, Security and Development are an indissoluble pair at the time of protecting the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of our nation. Plan Colombia poses complex challenges to Venezuela and these must be carefully considered.
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