- The Washington Times - Monday, March 3, 2003

Good news in Colombia
Colombian Ambassador Luis Alberto Moreno got some good news last week about his country's war on drugs, as the United States reported a 15 percent drop in the cultivation of the plant that is the primary source of cocaine.
"This is very important news," he said in an interview with Colombia's Radio Caracol. "This has not been witnessed in the country in the past decade. It is truly a testament to the success of Plan Colombia."
The production of the coca plant was estimated at 357,000 acres in 2002, down from 418,000 in 2001, according to a report to Congress last week by U.S. drug czar John Walters. He said last year marked the first time that authorities destroyed coca crops faster than drug lords could plant them.
Reform in Nicaragua
Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos ended his Washington visit last week pleased with the encouragement he received from the Bush administration.
After meeting top officials, Mr. Bolanos, who was elected in 2001, said he was convinced that the United States will continue to support Nicaragua and its economic reform program, our correspondent Olga Kryzhanovska reports.
"The main enemy for Nicaragua today is poverty. There are still many battles to be fought," he said.
Mr. Bolanos also expressed his country's strong support for the war on terrorism.
A high-ranking Nicaraguan delegation arrived in Washington primarily for negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and Inter-American Development Bank to discuss aid. Mr. Bolanos said Nicaragua is seeking special assistance for developing roads and other infrastructure.
Envoy to Guyana
President Bush has selected a career diplomat to serve as ambassador to Guyana.
Roland Bullen is now deputy executive director of the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. He has served in Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica and Venezuela.
Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Today
Christian Schmidt and Karl-Theodor Frhr. zu Guttenberg, members of the opposition political parties in the German parliament.
Efraim Karsh of King's College of the University of London. He participates in a forum on Iraq sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.
Narayanan Vaghul, chairman of India's ICICI Bank Ltd., who addresses the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the archbishop of Brussels, and the Rev. Jack Mahoney of Scotland's Lauriston Center for Contemporary Belief in Action. They debate cultural challenges in a forum at Georgetown University.
Tomorrow
Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who meets President Bush. He addresses the Corporate Council on Africa on Wednesday and discusses the prospects for peace in his region at a briefing sponsored by the United States Institute for Peace on Thursday.
Ofer Grosbard, an Israeli clinical psychologist. He addresses the Middle East Institute on the psychology of the Arab-Israeli peace process.
Wednesday
Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, who addresses the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Thursday
Czech Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda, who addresses the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. On Friday, he holds a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club.
Saturday
Former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, who addresses the annual conference of the Joint Baltic American National Committee. Other speakers include Girts Valdis Kristovskis, defense minister of Latvia; Giedrius Cekuolis, secretary of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry; Harri Tiido, deputy undersecretary of the Estonian Foreign Ministry; Mari-Ann Kelam, a member of the Estonian parliament; Ojars Kalnins, former Latvian ambassador to the United States and chairman of the Latvian Trans-Atlantic Organization; and Linas Kojelis, co-founder of the U.S.-Baltic Foundation.

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