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Plan Colombia

NPR's Tom Gjelten reports President Clinton will head to Colombia tomorrow on a one-day trip highlighting the new billion-dollar US-Colombian program to fight the drug trade. The visit comes at a time when Colombians are despairing over the problems they face, and Colombian leaders say their people need to be encouraged. Critics of the President's trip say it is poorly timed, given the unsatisfactory efforts of Colombian government. The Clinton Administration last week waived requirements that the Colombian government show human rights improvements before receiving additional US aid.

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