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President of Guatemala Highlights Impetus Given to the Hemispheric Debate on Drugs by the OAS

  September 26, 2013

President of Guatemala Highlights Impetus Given to the Hemispheric Debate on Drugs by the OAS
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In the framework of the 68th United Nations General Assembly, the President of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, held a meeting in which they discussed the current regional and global political context, and made reference the preparations for the Special OAS General Assembly which will be held in 2014, and which will analyze the conclusions of the debate sparked by the “Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas” produced by the OAS.

In his address to the General Assembly today, the Guatemalan leader highlighted the leadership of Secretary General Insulza for promoting a climate of dialogue and reflection on drug policy between the governments of the Hemisphere. The Guatemalan leader praised the document produced under Insulza’s supervision, following a mandate from the 2012 Summit of the Americas, which opened a debate at the hemispheric level for the first time.

With regard to the scenarios suggested by the OAS Report, President Pérez Molina welcomed initiatives such as the legislation in Uruguay to regulate the market of cannabis, and called on countries to follow anti-drug policies that focus on health, reducing violence, respecting human rights and truncating the flow of illegal arms and money that finances criminal networks.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at www.oas.org.

Reference: FNE-13154