Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina calls for decriminalisation of “illegal” drugs

24 March 2012

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has said the war on drugs has failed, and it is time to end the “taboo” on discussing decriminalisation.

He was addressing a Central American summit in the Guatemalan city of Antigua.

According to the president, the strategy that has been pursued in the fight against drug trafficking over the last 40 years has failed and it was to look for new alternatives.

He added that the price Central America pays in human lives for the war on drugs is too high.

Mr Perez Molina is the first Latin American president to propose decriminalising drugs while in office, though several prominent former leaders have backed the idea.

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