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Land mines slow coca eradication

Land mines sown by leftist rebels are hampering efforts to eradicate coca in one of Colombia’s great nature reserves and are forcing the government to scale back its campaign, officials said Wednesday. Two weeks ago, nearly 1,000 government-hired workers, protected by 3,000 troops, descended on Sierra Macarena National Park, 170 kilometers (105 miles) south of Bogota, to manually uproot thousands of hectares (acres) of coca plants, which are used to make cocaine. Full Story

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