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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:03 AM
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U.S. Threat Is a Blow to Colombia's Easy Terms for Death Squads
U.S. Threat Is a Blow to Colombia's Easy Terms for Death Squads

By JUAN FORERO
Published: July 7, 2005
BOGOT, Colombia, July 6 - Colombia's new law to demobilize paramilitary death squads suffered a serious blow this week when lawmakers in Washington threatened to block aid money President lvaro Uribe's government needs to put the law into effect.

The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, incensed that Colombia had approved a law its members see as highly beneficial for paramilitary commanders, said Congress would not finance a disarmament of paramilitary fighters unless Colombia guaranteed the group's complete dismantling while moving to extradite key commanders.

Those conditions, though, are unlikely to be met under the framework of the legislation, called the Justice and Peace Law, approved by Colombia's Congress on June 22. The law offers the paramilitaries loopholes that the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and some members of the United States Congress say will permit commanders to avoid extradition on drug trafficking charges, keep their ill-gotten gains and ensure that part of their army remains intact.

The guidelines in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which were made public on Tuesday and are legally binding on the foreign appropriations bill the Congress will pass this fall, could jeopardize Mr. Uribe's plans because Colombia is hoping the United States will finance much of the disarmament of up to 20,000 fighters. Colombia has not made a formal request for the money, but the authorities here say $8,000 is needed per paramilitary member, up to $160 million.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/07/international/america...
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 04:57 AM
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1. I don't understand the reasoning here
Uribe needs to disband the paramilitaries but BushCo says no because if they are disbanded then there is nothing to stop them from re-banding. So Uribe cannot disband and the paramilitaries get to stay banded.

:wtf:

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:41 PM
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2. Thanks so much for this post! I am surprised to see that the Senate
Appropriations Committee is taking what looks like all hard stand on Uribe's new law. I hope that these guidelines will have real teeth and are not just window dressing for the human rights community.
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