ACCESSION NUMBER:211942 FILE ID:AR-121 DATE:01/27/92 TITLE:(Spanish coming) (01/27/92) TEXT:*ARF121 01/27/92 (Spanish coming) INTERNATIONAL DRUG STRATEGY HIGHLIGHTS (Text: int'l section of ONDCP fact sheet) (500) WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration cited increased assistance to the criminal justice systems in Bolivia and Colombia, treaties or bilateral agreements with the Andean countries and Argentina, and passage of the Andean Trade Preferences Act as highlights of its 1991 international drug strategy. In a fact sheet issued in conjunction with the administration's fourth National Drug Control Strategy, the administration said its international drug policy has been effective in motivating other countries "to engage their resources to "defeat trafficking and strengthen political will." Following is the text of the section on international drug strategy: (begin text) INTERNATIONAL International Drug Policy and Implementing Strategies: International drug policy to motivate other countries to engage their resources to defeat trafficking and strengthen political will has been effective. The following initiatives have been undertaken: -- Assistance to the Colombian Ministry of Justice to help reform the judicial system, judicial protection program, and provide training in evidence gathering and case development. -- Expanded assistance to improve the capabilities of Bolivian prosecutors and specialized narcotics courts. -- Negotiations with Laos that resulted in their modifying their previous policies and committing publicly to drug control activities, including a 1ix-year narcotics crop control project. -- Support to the OPBAT enforcement programs of the governments of the Bahamas, Turks, and Caicos has denied traffickers a significant operations area and forced a shift of trafficking to the south, farther away from the U.S. Treaties and Bilateral Agreements: -- As a result of the Cartagena Summit, the United States signed agreements with the Andean nations on tax information exchange, asset sharing, public awareness, weapons control, and extradition. -- A bilateral "umbrella" agreement signed with Peru established a comprehensive approach to fighting drug trafficking. -- Agreements with Peru, Bolivia, and Panama ensure precursor and essential chemicals are used for legitimate purposes. We are negotiating such agreements with Colombia and Ecuador. -- Signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and bilateral customs agreement with Argentina to help speed investigations and prosecutions of narcotics offenses. -- Signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Panama for sharing information, such as government records and bank documents, about the proceeds of criminal activities, including drug offenses. Economic Support: -- Supported establishment of crop substitution programs in the Chapare coca sector of Bolivia. -- Developed the Andean Trade Initiative -- trade measures designed to assist the Andean region's transition to legitimate economies. -- The administration proposed the Andean Trade Preferences Act to provide duty free access for exports from Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador. -- INM (State Department Bureau of International Narcotics Matters) will spend about $11 million in Asian heroin countries in FY91 to encourage and support drug control programs. Increase International Resources: -- Fiscal Year 1991 Military Assistance to the Andean nations: Foreign military financing grants totalled almost $83 million; international military education and training totalled $4.0 million. -- DOD (Department of Defense) and the foreign intelligence community have devoted considerable resources to improve drug intelligence capabilities. NNNN .