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Peru: President Humala announced suspension of regional coca eradication program

Ollanta Humala meets Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON — Peru’s new government has assured Washington it would continue close collaboration on counter-drug efforts despite suspending a coca eradication program, the State Department said Tuesday.

The government of Peru’s President Ollanta Humala announced Wednesday it was temporarily suspending a coca eradication program in the Upper Huallaga Valley in the east central part of the country while it evaluates the effort.

“We do not believe that the temporary suspension of eradication this week represents a permanent shift in the Peruvian government’s counternarcotics policy,” the State Department said.

Peruvian officials “at the highest levels” assured the US embassy on Wednesday “of their..READ MORE HERE