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Peru suspends US-funded coca eradication programme

• Associated Press

Peru's new centre-left government is temporarily suspending its modest US-funded coca eradication programme to re-evaluate its strategy.

The prime minister, Salomón Lerner, said the government was committed to reducing the illegal crop and would convene a special panel next month to chart a strategy that would stress alternative development, "social inclusion and fighting poverty".

The government had confirmed the suspension after several newspapers reported it without naming sources.

The US ambassador, Rose Likins, told reporters earlier on her way to see Lerner that she had been surprised by the news.


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