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President of Colombia Calls for International Cooperation to Capture Drug ‎Traffickers

By Dialogo
March 10, 2009

BOGOTA, March 9, 2009 (AFP) - On Monday Colombian President Alvaro Uribe ‎sought the cooperation of the international community in arresting the kingpins of the ‎illegal drug trade, including several heads of the FARC and ELN guerrilla organizations, ‎some of whom are hidden in other countries.‎ ‎"We are asking for complete national and international cooperation. Some of these ‎bandits are evading Colombian justice by hiding abroad, like the cowardly leaders of the ‎ELN and the FARC," Uribe said in a statement from the government palace.‎ The country needs the “support of the entire international community to overcome the ‎terrible scourge of narco-terrorism, no matter which name it bears,” he added.‎ According to Colombian authorities, both the leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary ‎Armed Forces (FARC, Marxist) and the National Liberation Army (ELN, Guevarist) and ‎armed right-wing groups are partially financed by resources from illicit drug trafficking.‎ ‎ According to press reports which cite information from the Colombian intelligence ‎agency, nine FARC commanders are hiding in Venezuela and two in Ecuador.‎ In his statement, Uribe offered a reward of up to 5,000 million pesos (USD 2 million) for ‎these drug bosses: Daniel Rendón Herrera (alias ‘Don Diego’), Daniel Barrera Barrera ‎‎(‘El loco Barrere’), Pedro Guerrero Castillo (‘Cuchillo’), and Luis Enrique Calle Serna ‎‎(‘Comba’).‎ The reward for other, less important drug traffickers is up to 3,000 million pesos (USD ‎‎1.2 million).‎