Central America to Discuss Drug Legalization

At a meeting in Honduras, the region's heads of state agreed to discuss the decriminalization of drugs.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The initiative was proposed by Otto Perez Molina, president of Guatemala, who emphasized the need to seek "alternative mechanisms" to combat drug trafficking.

The leaders of Panama, El Salvador and Honduras said they were against decriminalization, but were open to discussing the issue.

Also present at the event was Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States, who came to meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The meeting addressed this same issue, and Biden's position was clear that "there is no possibility that the Obama/Biden administration would change its policy on decriminalization" of drugs.



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In the search for alternatives to the failed traditional fight against drug trafficking, the Government of Guatemala studies the possibility of producing poppy in a legal and controlled manner.

President Otto Perez Molina's was the only voice raised in the Western Hemisphere in support of the Government of Uruguay's sedition in authorizing the production and controlled use of marijuana.

Reasons to Decriminalize Drugs

March 2012

Breaking what is a taboo for any incumbent ruler, President Otto Perez Molina insists on his proposal to deny a market for drug traffickers.

Insisting that applying traditional methods to tackle the scourge of drugs and drug trafficking has not been successful , Perez Molina "does not regret his bold proposal to decriminalize drugs in Central America and is excited about a discussion of this global issue."

Honduras Considers Fighter Plane Purchase

June 2011

The country is looking at buying Embraer EMB 314 Super Tucano planes to use in the battle against drug trafficking.

President Porfirio Lobo met with the head of the International Security Cabinet of Brazil, José Elito Siqueriam to discuss the issue.

Digital Process reported, "During the meeting they also discussed the commitment of President Rousseff ‘s government’s to collaborate with the Lobo Sosa administration in logistical support and training the police to combat crime and criminality. "

SICA Summit Begins

July 2010

The Summit of the Central American Integration System (SICA) has started in El Salvador; its participants will discuss regional integration and security topics.

The presidents of Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador will take part in the activity.

“During the summit, officials will discuss how to strengthen the region’s democratic institutions, joint policies to mitigate natural disasters and reactivate the regional economy”, reported Prensa Latina, adding that “they will also push for social policies to address poverty and crime”.

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