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As Colombia continues its battle against deadly drug traffickers, the country's president, Alvaro Uribe, explains his strategy for bringing peace and security to his people.

In his country he consistently enjoys approval ratings of 70 per cent enviable not only for a Latin American leader but any head of state.

In the case of Alvaro Uribe, it is particularly significant because Colombia is seen as the front line on the war against drugs.

Narcotics that destroy the lives of the people in North America and across the world.


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In spite of his notable successes president Uribe is not without his detractors who say that his strong handed tactics to impose law and order in Colombia have left a long trail of human rights abuses.

In Riz's conversation with him he defended his policies but they discussed how his relationship as a staunch ally of the a former US president George W. Bush, might develop with president Barack Obama.

They also talk about his nations long running conflict with the Farc, unemployment in Columbia and its often thorny relationship with some of its neighbours.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired from Monday, February 2, 2009.

Source: Al Jazeera