The delegation sent by the United States from Bogota this Wednesday to discuss how to cooperate with the new Colombian government in the fight against drugs referred to Gustavo Petro’s proposal on extradition.
(In context: Gustavo Petro proposed changes to drug traffickers’ extradition policy).
“I think it’s important that both countries have an opportunity to discuss what the plan is. We know that the agreement with the FARC has limitations that are handled with mutual respect. This gives us the opportunity to speak again. It is important to ensure that the Ministry of Justice and other organizations are involved.“, said at a press conference attended by EL TIEMPO, Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the National Office of Drug Control Policy, who heads the second US delegation to travel to Colombia since the Petro was seized.
The explanations were given after Petro proposed to Washington on four points to change its drug policy.Returning the axes is key for Casa de Nariño’s new tenant.
“We proposed the extradition of a drug trafficker who did not negotiate with the State, and the extradition of a drug trafficker who negotiated with the State and re-offended, without any negotiation in the United States. “The Colombian State will definitely cease to be a drug trafficker and will not be extradited,” he said.
(Also: Return of Piedad Córdoba’s brother, hot potato for the Petro government).
At this point, Todd Robinson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, said:This is, of course, something the Department of Justice will discuss. We recognize the importance of returns, but this is an option in our toolbox. We will continue to negotiate and negotiate with the new government.”.
Speaking to the press this Wednesday, Todd Robinson, Under Secretary of State for the Office of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs; Rahul Gupta, Director of the National Office of Drug Control Policy, and Peter Natiello, Senior Vice President of USAID.
During a meeting with journalists, the delegation assured that there were no tensions with the new Colombian government. “The new management has made clear its priorities and we believe these priorities are aligned with ours. We want to adopt a holistic policy in the fight against drugssaid Robinson.
(Continue reading: ‘The Lawyer for the Mafia’: Criminals’ Secret Negotiations with the USA.)
A day ago, Dr. Gupta said: The United States looks forward to “continuing our cooperation on anti-drug and security issues as we work to align our common interests.” Also, under President Joe Biden’s administration, a “The new era of holistic, compassionate science-based and people-focused drug policy”.
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