Peru's government re-evaluates coca eradication

AP News
Posted: Aug 17, 2011 7:30 PM
Peru's government re-evaluates coca eradication

Peru's new government says it is temporarily suspending eradication of coca in the central Tingo Maria region while it re-evaluates its counter-drug program.

Government officials are not saying whether the suspension applies to all eradication of the crop that is the basis for cocaine or if it only affects the one region.

Interior Minister Oscar Valdes confirmed the suspension Wednesday on state television. It was first reported by several newspapers.

President Ollanta Humala said in his July inaugural address that he is committed to combatting drug trafficking, including with coca eradication.

Peru is the No. 2 producer of cocaine after Colombia. Its coca crop has been growing steadily the past four years.