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OAS Secretary General Meets with Minister of Justice of Colombia

  March 19, 2014

OAS Secretary General Meets with Minister of Justice of Colombia
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the Minister of Justice of Colombia, Alfonso Gómez Méndez, with whom he shared views related to the leadership of the region in the debate over the fight against drugs, and the content and conclusions of the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, held last week in Vienna, Austria.

At the meeting, which took place at the headquarters of the hemispheric institution in Washington, DC, both officials analyzed the social, economic and political impact of the production, trafficking and consumption of drugs in the region, with special emphasis on the case of Colombia, and reiterated the importance of continuing and strengthening the role played by the OAS regarding this issue.

The Minister of Justice of Colombia affirmed that the current drug policy at the regional level has proven to be unsuccessful, and stressed the need to continue analyzing the options to face this collectively with the support and expertise of the OAS.

The Secretary General recalled the contribution made by the OAS to issue its Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas (Scenarios Report and Analytical Report).

Today's meeting was also attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice of Colombia, Miguel Samper, and the Director of Drug Policy at the Ministry of Justice, Julian Wilches Guzmán.

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Reference: FNE-14134