Guatemala sets out plans to shake up anti-drug policy

By REUTERS
March 25, 2012 06:03

 
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ANTIGUA, Guatemala - Guatemalan President Otto Perez on Saturday set out a raft of proposals to tackle rampant drug-fueled violence in Central America, including decriminalization of narcotics or establishing a regional court to try traffickers.

"The proposal is decriminalization," Perez said at a regional summit to address security throughout the region. "We are talking about creating a legal framework to regulate the production, transit and consumption of drugs."

The discussion reflects growing concern in Central America about the cost of the war on drugs, which is prompting leaders to take an increasingly independent line from the United States, where officials have repeatedly rejected legalizing narcotics.

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