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Colombia´s wants to export its anti narcoterrorism know how.

Colombian Minister of Defence Rodrigo Rivera

The Colombian defense minister, Rodrigo Rivera said in an interview published Sunday that Colombia has gained experience in fighting drug trafficking and could help other countries to fight it as long as the United States and other countries can finance this colombian assistance.

“We have all the freedom to offer such cooperation and know how  and that’s going into the new role of allies like with the United States and other countries that can help finance the security that Colombia can provide,” Rivera told the newspaper El Tiempo, Bogota.

He added that his country has acquired many skills “to fight drugs and violence and kidnapping as part of Plan Colombia, which Washington has been funding since 2000 and whose budget is gradually reduced by a provision of the White House. The U.S. also gives the same type of assistance to Mexico and 13 other countries, including several Central American and Caribbean countries.

This aid “must serve the interests of Colombia in the fight against transnational crime and we have a portfolio of capabilities that we can deliver globally,” the official said.

Rivera said that Bogota is not “off his guard” in the fight against drug traffickers, kidnappers and violent groups, despite the decline in U.S. direct financial assistance to Plan Colombia, and that the police and the Colombian military forces are already prepared to assume that Washington will reduce the funded programs.

The United States earmarked $ 465 million in military and financial support for Plan Colombia in the 2010-2011 fiscal year against $ 540 million in the previous period, in the midst of budget difficulties faced by the White House because of the international financial crisis.