Serial No. 110-39: U.S.-Colombia Relations: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, April 24, 2007 [open pdf - 1MB]
From the opening statement of J. Dennis Hastert: "I am honored to appear before you today to discuss […] the United States and Colombian relations. […] The drug trade fuels terrorists and violent criminals and gangs throughout the world. It exposes the country's weakness in the border security. It undermines democracy. It undermines the rule of law and regional stability. The illicit drug trade is a high priority and a national security issue we must continue to deal with and defeat. It is part of the war on terrorism, and so some might ask why Colombia is so important to us? […] I guess in perspective you have to say that the drug trade from Colombia is still killing Americans, and it is a major force in the instability of our hemisphere. But in addition Colombia is a democratic anchor, and it is critical to the United States as an ally to the region. Our support for Colombia is vital to our national interest and the well being as a strategic partner. In terms of counter drugs, security defense, and economic and social issues, Colombia is a better place today." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: J. Dennis Hastert, Charles Shapiro, Anne W. Patterson, Luis Gilberto Murillo-Urrutia, Mark Schneider, Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Robert Charles, Eliot L. Engel, Dan Burton, and Gene Green.
Serial No. 110-39
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