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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                        (Grand Canyon, Arizona)
For Immediate Release                                   January 11, 2000

                               FACT SHEET

                      Colombia Assistance Package

Colombia and its democratically elected government are facing an urgent crisis that has narcotics, military and economic dimensions. Narco traffickers in Colombia now supply about 80 percent of the cocaine used in the United States.

Colombian President Andres Pastrana, who took office in August 1998, has developed a comprehensive, integrated approach to addressing Colombia's problems. Plan Colombia would strengthen the Colombian economy and democracy, and fight narcotics trafficking. The Colombian government estimates that Plan Colombia will cost $7.5 billion and is dedicating $4 billion of its own resources. It has also asked for the participation and help of the United States and other nations.

The United States has a vital interest in the success of this plan. For this reason, the President is proposing an expanded comprehensive program; as a result, US support over this year and next will total more than $1.6 billion.

The five major components of U.S. assistance are:

The Administration looks forward to working with Congress to help Colombia confront it current problems, while reducing the supply of drugs coming to the United States - to help both their national interest and our own.