12:12 | Lima, Nov. 18 (ANDINA).
The U.S. government's cooperation with Peru in different areas will amount to US$ 130 million over in 2013, said Sunday Mark Lopes, USAID deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In statements to Andina news agency, Lopes said US$ 50 million of the 2013 Cooperation Budget, will be allocated to drug war, while another important amount would go directly to development programs focused on alternative crop cultivation of the coca leaf in Peru.
He stressed the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has earmarked US$ 130 million.for cooperation in Peru. Of this amount US$ 55 million is committed only to activities concerning fight against drug trafficking.
While the USAID representative indicated that is not possible to anticipate the exact amount of cooperation funds for 2013, he noted the amount would be equal to or slightly lower than the 2012 cooperation fund.
"In 2012, USAID allocated US$ 133 million total assistance in Peru. Our commitment is in the long term. Despite budget adjustments, I do not see, a large decrease in our collaboration with the Peruvian government, " Lopes said.