Former British Ambassador to Colombia Credits Policy Change to JFC

Justice For Colombia News | on: Wednesday, 29 April 2009

A former British Ambassador to Colombia, Sir Keith Morris, has told a meeting at the Canning House think tank in London that he thinks that the recent reduction in UK military aid to Colombia was as a result of the "strong pressure" applied by Justice for Colombia. Sir Keith, who was Ambassador in Bogota from 1990 to 1994, told the meeting yesterday that he thought that the policy change may have been a "concession" to JFC.

In late March the British Government announced that they were ended two of the three types of military aid that they provide to Colombia. Whilst welcoming the move as a step in the right direction, Justice for Colombia called on the government to go further and end all military aid to Colombia especially given that the aid which did end was only a small proportion, in financial terms, of the overall assistance provided to the Colombian military.

In 2001 Sir Keith, who is now retired, aroused controversy when he called for drugs to be legalised. He has said that his time in Colombia led him to believe that War on Drugs is "unwinnable, costly and counter-productive".

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