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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 24, 2003
Question Taken at February 24, 2003 Daily Press Briefing

Notification to Congress of Increase Military Personnel to Colombia (Taken Question)

Question: Did the Administration formally notify Congress that it would exceed the numeric limitation on military personnel in Colombia?

Answer: The Administration informally briefed Congressional staff last week on plans to deploy a limited number of military personnel to support ongoing search and rescue operations in Colombia. No formal notification or waiver was required since the Emergency Supplemental passed last summer authorizes the President to deploy such personnel without regard to the numeric limitation. The number of U.S. military personnel in-country who are engaged in Plan Colombia support does not exceed the cap of 400 established under the legislation

Released on February 24, 2003

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