The debate regarding the decriminalization and regulation of drug use in Latin America is necessary, added the vice president of the World Bank, Hasan Tuluy. Meanwhile the President of Guatemala, Otto Perez, is on favor of the war against drugs supported by the United States.
This initiative is also supported by the leaders of Colombia and Costa Rica, and the former presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
Tuluy added that now the violence in Central America costs 8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and that Honduras is the most affected country. Sebastian Piñera, president of Chile, gave his support to Colombia and will review the drug policy.
The Central America governments expect that Colombia and Mexico remain true to their commitments against the drug war.
Hugo Martinez, the Foreign Minister of El Salvador stated, “We already have made several talks with both countries, but this meeting would tomorrow (today) would be the crowning and strengthening of the commitments of both countries to support the regional security strategy.” (AV)