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Thursday, July 4

Washington Post / AP Peru Stops Coca Eradication: "Shelving the alternative development and coca eradication programs there could deal a harsh blow to the much-lauded crackdown on coca in Peru, which once led the world in coca cultivation. A U.S. embassy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, expressed concern about the suspensions. In February, U.S. Ambassador John Hamilton announced the United States would triple its anti-drug funding to President Alejandro Toledo's government to $150 million in 2002. Toledo's government has set a goal of eliminating at least 54,000 acres of coca."



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