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Letter from Colombian Ambassador to the U.S. Luis Alberto Moreno with Attached Diplomatic Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Colombia


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EMBAJADA DE COLOMBIA
WASHINGTON, D.C.

March 22, 2002

The Honorable
RANDY BEERS
Assistant Secretary for International
Narcotics and Law Enforcement
U. S. Department of State
Washington D. C.

Dear Secretary Beers:

I hereby enclose the Verbal Note sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia to the United States Embassy in Bogota, certifying that our two Governments have been conducting consultations regarding the U.S.-supported aerial coca eradication program in Colombia and that this program is being carried out in accordance with Colombian laws.

Cordially,

LUIS IS ALBERTO MORENO
Ambassador


REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA
MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES

VRE.CEC No. 11355

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, saluda muy atentamente a la Honorable Embajada de los Estados Unidos de Am�rica con ocasi�n de informar que el Gobierno de Colombia, se encuentra desarrollando el Programa de Erradicaci�n de Cultivos Ilicitos por Aspersi�n A�rea con el Herbicida Glifosato (PECIG), atendiendo las normas colombianas aplicables en la material.

Que en atenci�n al programa PECIG, viene implementando un plan de manejo ambiental aprobado por el Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, a trav�s de la Resoluci�n No.1065 de 2001 y precisada mediante Resoluci�n No. 0108 de 2002.

Que desde el comienzo del Programa de Erradicaci�n de Cultivos Ilicitos por Aspersi�n A�rea con el Herbicida Glifosato (PECIG), este ha contado con una auditoria ambiental.

A la Honorable
EMBAJADA DE ESTADOS UNIDOS DE AMERICA
Ciudad


REPUBLICA DE COLOMBIA
MINISTERIO DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES

En este sentido de acuerdo con las consultas sostenidas entre los Gobiernos de Colombia y los Estados Unidos en asuntos relacionados con la fumigaci�n a�rea de cultivos ilegales de coca en Colombia, por este medio el gobierno de Colombia certifica que el programa de fumigaci�n a�rea apoyado por los Estados Unidos se est� llevando a cabo de acuerdo con todas y cada una de las leyes colombianas aplicables en la materia.

El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores se vale de la oportunidad para reiterar a la Honorable Embajada de los Estados Unidos de Am�rica las seguridades de su m�s distinguida consideraci�n.

Bogot� D. C., 21 de marzo de 2002 

 


U.S. Department of State
Office of Language Services
Translating Division

LS No. 07-2002-0012
KFC/JF
Spanish

Republic of Colombia
Ministry of Foreign Relations

VRE.CEC No. 11355

The Ministry of Foreign Relations presents its compliments to the Embassy of the United States and would like to inform it that the Government of Colombia is implementing the IProgram to Eradicate Illicit Crops by Aerial Spraying of the Herbicide Glyphosate (PECIG), in accordance with applicable Colombian regulations.

Under the PECIG program, an environmental management plan is being implemented that was approved by the Ministry of Environment, through decision No. 1065 of 2001, and outlined further in decision No. 0108 of 2002.

The PECIG program has, moreover, been subject from the outset to an environmental audit.

Embassy of the United States,
Bogot�.

Therefore, in accordance with the consultations held between the Governments of Colombia and the United States on matters related to the aerial spraying of illegal coca crops in Colombia, the Government of Colombia hereby certifies that the aerial spraying program supported by the United States is being carried out in accordance with each and every applicable Colombian law on the matter.

[Complimentary close.]

Bogota, March 21, 2002
[Initialed]



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