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Secret Aid Poured into Colombian Drug War

Continuing human rights abuses have not hindered flow of equipment and advice to Bogota; Britain is secretly stepping up military assistance to Colombia as the war on drug trafficking becomes increasingly entangled in the effort to defeat leftwing guerrillas and drive them back to the negotiating table. Despite continuing reports of serious abuses by the security forces and the concerns of human rights groups about President Alvaro Uribe’s tactics, Tony Blair has encouraged the Foreign Office to hold an international conference on support for Colombia, beginning today. Whitehall refuses to disclose the extent of British military involvement on the grounds of national security. “We provide some military aid but we don’t talk about the details,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said. But a Guardian investigation can identify a number of key areas of UK support. Full Story

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