US will continue efforts to combat Peruvian drug trafficking in 2010

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The U.S. ambassador to Peru, Michael McKinley, said his government is considering the possibility of increasing economic aid to Peru to combat drug trafficking, which reached 150 million dollars this year; however, debate on the budget for next year is not over.

"We remain committed to continue working with the government of Peru in the fight against drug trafficking. We are expecting an increase, but I cannot make a forecast, because the budget is still under debate," he said in remarks to the press.

Speaking to reporters following a ceremony at the Government Palace, McKinley reiterated the U.S. government’s decision to maintain its cooperation with Peru.

"We are expecting an increase, but I cannot make a forecast, because the budget is still under debate. The US government is likely to increase its assistance. We are allocating 150 million dollars this year," said the diplomat.

On the other hand, he preferred not to talk about the request by Peruvian defense minister for the US support in dealing with terrorism.

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