Pace made the remarks yesterday during a visit to Colombia, the world's largest producer of cocaine.
Colombia's defense minister, Juan Manuel Santos, said Colombia is ready to increase its participation in the training of Afghan security personnel.
Earlier this week, U.S. President George W. Bush nominated the current U.S. ambassador to Colombia, William Wood, to be the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.
The United States provides hundreds of millions of dollars to Colombia annually to eradicate coca fields and train troops to fight rebel guerrillas.
OPIUM FARMING ON THE RISE Despite a nationwide program by the Afghan government to eradicate opium-poppy fields and offer farmers alternative crops, international experts say that the 2006 opium crop will be as much as 40 percent larger than the previous year's. Afghanistan is the largest producer of opium in the world, and the source of as much as 90 percent of Europe's heroin.(more)