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Certification again
2/20/2003
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According to US officials, Guatemala and Haiti have "failed demonstrably" to meet their obligations in the joint struggle against drug trafficking. Last year, Haiti was the only region in the country to receive that designation (LP, March 25, 2002). Nevertheless, citing national interest, US President George W. Bush exempted both countries from legislative precautions that would have made them ineligible for US aid.

Each year, the US publishes a certification report identifying the major countries involved in the production and shipment of illegal drugs. A country’s presence on this "majors list" is not necessarily "a negative reflection on that country’s anti-drug efforts or its level of cooperation with the US," according to the report, which is signed by the president and sent to Congress.

There are 23 countries on this year’s "majors list," including the Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

 

 

 


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