Colombia’s President Uribe stands with Secretary of State Clinton who shakes hands with a demobilized former member of one of Colombia’s armed groups at the Presidential Palace in Bogota, June 9, 2010. ©AP Image
President Obama and Secretary Clinton continued their commitment to combating threats to the citizens of the Americas. As narco-trafficking and associated crime and violence continue to rise throughout the region, the United States has implemented programs to strengthen partnerships with the States of the Western Hemisphere to combat illicit trafficking in arms.
The U.S. has offered technical assistance to all States in the hemisphere, outlining available U.S. small arms and light weapons-related assistance programs to combat illicit trafficking. Programs are being designed to address the specific needs of individual States. Some highlights of our efforts to combat illicit trafficking include: