Plan Colombia: A Progress Report [Updated January 11, 2006]   [open pdf - 86KB]

"Plan Colombia was developed by former President Pastrana (1998-2002) as a six-year plan to end Colombia's long armed conflict, eliminate drug trafficking, and promote economic and social development. The Andean Counter drug Initiative (ACI) is the primary U.S. program that supports Plan Colombia. In addition, Colombia receives assistance from the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program and the Department of Defenses central counter narcotics account. ACI funding for Plan Colombia from FY2000 through FY2005 totals approximately $2.8 billion. When FMF and DOD assistance is included, the total level of U.S. support to Colombia is $4.5 billion. Congress approved the Administrations request to continue support for Plan Colombia beyond FY2005, but it also expressed the need for an evaluation of progress and a plan for future years...The primary U.S. objective is to prevent the flow of illegal drugs into the United States, as well as to help Colombia promote peace and economic development because it contributes to regional security in the Andes. The primary objectives of Colombia are to promote peace and economic development, increase security, and end drug trafficking. Both U.S. and Colombian objectives have also evolved over time from a strict counter narcotics focus to encompass counter terrorism activities. For more information on Colombia and the Andean Counter drug Initiative, see CRS Report RL32250, Colombia: Issues for Congress; CRS Report RL32337 Andean Counter drug Initiative (ACI) and Related Funding Programs: FY2005 Assistance; and CRS Report RL33163, Drug Crop Eradication and Alternative Development in the Andes, all by Connie Veillette. This report will be updated as new data become available."

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