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Colombia to target armed groups, restart coca fumigation – Defense Minister

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Fighting drug trafficking and dismantling armed groups are the top challenges for Colombia’s military in 2021, the country’s new defense minister said on Thursday, February 11th, adding he is confident violence against human rights activists can be reduced.

Colombia could restart aerial fumigation of coca - the base ingredient in cocaine - with herbicide glyphosate as early as next month, Defense Minister Diego Molano told Reuters in an interview.

Though the FARC rebel group disarmed under a 2016 peace deal, still-active guerrillas from the National Liberation Army (ELN), crime gangs and former FARC fighters who . . .

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