Drug Woes Go Beyond Colombia's Borders, Says Cardinal

ROME, JAN. 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Sáenz has no doubt about where Colombia’s key problem lies.

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“As long as the drug problem remains unsolved there will be no peace in Colombia,” said the Bogota archbishop who chairs the country’s episcopal conference.

Those who sow drugs “will harvest death,” he added in an interview with the Catholic international association Aid to the Church in Need.

“Drug trafficking is not a problem for Colombia alone. The rich countries must also do everything possible to contain drug trafficking effectively,” the cardinal said.

Regarding the conflict between the government, leftist guerrillas, and right-wing paramilitary groups, Cardinal Rubiano emphasized the importance of national reconciliation.

“The prerequisite for every kind of reconciliation is honesty, the willingness to truth,” he noted. “Only if this basic precondition is met, can hatred and feelings of vengeance be overcome.”

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