Fwd: 2000-08-23 Memorandum on Presidential Determination No 2000-28

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Wed Aug 23 13:55:12 PDT 2000


Office of the Press Secretary

(South Brunswick, New Jersey) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 23, 2000

August 22, 2000

Presidential Determination

No. 2000-28


SUBJECT: Presidential Determination on Waiver of Certification

Under Section 3201 "Conditions on Assistance for

Colombia," in Title III, Chapter 2 of the Emergency

Supplemental Act, FY 2000, as Enacted in Public Law


Pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 3201(a)(4) of the FY 2000 Emergency Supplemental Act (the "Act"), I hereby determine that it is in the national security interest of the United States to furnish assistance made available under the Act to the Government of Colombia without regard to the following provisions of section 3201 of that Act:

(a)(1)(A)(ii) the Commander General of the Colombian Armed Forces

is promptly suspending from duty any Colombian Armed Forces

personnel who are credibly alleged to have committed gross

violations of human rights or to have aided or abetted paramilitary


(a)(1)(A)(iii) the Colombian Armed Forces and its Commander General

are fully complying with section 3201 (a)(1)(A)(i) and (ii) of the


(a)(1)(B) the Colombian Armed Forces are cooperating fully with

civilian authorities in investigating, prosecuting, and punishing

in the civilian courts Colombian Armed Forces personnel who are

credibly alleged to have committed gross violations of human


(a)(1)(C) the Government of Colombia is vigorously prosecuting in

the civilian courts the leaders and members of paramilitary groups

and Colombian Armed Forces personnel who are aiding or abetting

these groups;

(a)(1)(D) the Government of Colombia has agreed to and is

implementing a strategy to eliminate Colombia's total coca and

opium poppy production by 2005 through a mix of alter-native

development programs; manual eradication; aerial spraying of

chemical herbicides; tested, environmentally safe mycoherbicides;

and the destruction of illicit narcotics laboratories on Colombian

territory; and

(a)(1)(E) the Colombian Armed Forces are developing and deploying

in their field units a Judge Advocate General Corps to investigate

Colombian Armed Forces personnel for misconduct.

I have attached a Memorandum of Justification for the decision to waive the foregoing certifications.

You are hereby authorized and directed to report this waiver to the appropriate Committees of the Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register.


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