Statement of the United States Embassy on U.S.-Colombian Law Enforcement Cooperation and the Peace Process

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other representatives of U.S. Law Enforcement in Colombia work in strict compliance with U.S. and Colombian law and under the supervision of prosecutors in both countries. DEA and other agencies follow procedures on case development and investigative methods that comply with laws in the U.S. and Colombia. Any assertions to the contrary are without foundation and only undermine our joint effort to fight transnational crime.

U.S.-Colombian cooperation in the areas of law enforcement and extradition has over many years combatted drug trafficking, child sex abuse and tourism, trafficking in persons, transnational corruption, and terrorism, among other crimes. This work helps further the interests, values, and freedoms that our countries share.

The United States supports the peace agreement between the Colombian Government and the FARC and was an observer at the talks that led to the agreement in Havana. The United States has contributed more than $1 billion over the last four years to the causes of citizen security, inclusive and sustainable economic development, land reform, and the full economic, political, and social participation of the Afro- and indigenous communities that have been most heavily impacted by the conflict.