U.S. Will Continue Working With Peru In Anti-Drug Fight

By Dialogo
February 09, 2011

Peruvian Defense Minister Jaime Thorne affirmed on 6 February that the United States will continue supporting Peru in the areas of intelligence and technological resources for the fight against drug trafficking.

“We’ve going to have help on two issues that are very important, technology and intelligence, and that’s very important in the fight against drug trafficking,” Thorne told the press after meeting with the head of the U.S. Southern Command, Air Force General Douglas Fraser, and the U.S. ambassador to Peru, Rose Likins.

Thorne said that Fraser told him that the will is there to continue working in collaboration with Peru on the strategic and technological levels in the fight against drug trafficking.

“That decision is very valuable, beyond the material contributions, because intelligence work among all the countries involved in the issue of drug trafficking is very important,” he said.

Thorne said that this support will be a complement to the human resources that are prominent in the Peruvian Armed Forces and police. “We have excellent military and police capabilities,” he added.

In June 2010, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) indicated that Peru had become the world’s largest producer of coca with 119,000 tons in 2009, displacing Colombia, which produced 103,000 tons.

Peru is estimated to have an annual cocaine production of 304 tons, which puts it in second place behind Colombia.