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Cablegate: 90-Day Goals Update

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UNCLAS BOGOTA 003620

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT
SUBJECT: 90-DAY GOALS UPDATE

REF: BOGOTA 00552

1. (U) In January, U.S. Embassy Bogota identified three
discrete goals which, with diligence, we sought to complete
within the subsequent 90 days. The following is an update as
of March 31.

NAS
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2. (SBU) NAS goal (abbreviated): We will develop an effective
manual eradication option against coca and poppy cultivation,
capitalizing on our extensive support to the Mobile Rural
police (Caribineros).


3. (SBU) Update: This 90-day goal was met. NAS provided
eight motorized brush cutters to Groupo Cabal Mechanizado
(Mechanized Cavalry Group) in Ipiales (Narino Department) for
use in opium poppy eradication operations. Jurisdiction of
this group includes areas of significant opium poppy
cultivation in the southeast sector of the department. In
the first 90 days of CY 2004 the unit eradicated 182 hectares
of opium poppy, compared to 152 hectares in CY 2003.

USAID
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4. (SBU) USAID goal (abbreviated): USAID will provide expert
assistance to help the GOC design a comprehensive
Demobilization and Reintegration (DR) program for illegal
armed groups that enter into a peace agreement with the
government.

5. (SBU) Update: This 90-day goal was met. Assistance
provided through USAID permitted the GOC to design a
comprehensive DR program for illegal armed groups and, in
particular, members of paramilitary organizations such as the
AUC (United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia). The final GOC
DR roadmap will be forwarded to Washington for interagency
use. Development of this program also helped the GOC improve
its own interagency coordination, prepare for the initiation
of the Organization of American States verification mission,
and position itself to gain wider international support for
the DR process.

RSO
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6. (SBU) RSO goal (abbreviated): RSO will oversee the
creation of a new, permanent anti-kidnapping training (AKI)
facility at the police training base at Sibate (Cundinamarca
Department).

7. (SBU) Update: This 90 day goal was completed. The new
anti-kidnapping training facility began operations at the CNP
police training base in Sibate on January 26. The first CNP
GAULA unit graduated on March 5. Development of the AKI
school included construction of classrooms, dormitories, and
a storage area for weapons, ammunition, and other sensitive
equipment. Construction of a state of the art shoot house
and long arm firing range was also completed.
WOOD

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