Colombian President proposes Latin American alliance to transform 'war on drugs'
- Reuters · Sep 9, 2023
Colombian President Gustavo Petro proposes an alliance between Latin American countries to combat drug trafficking through a unified voice.
Petro criticizes the "failed" militarized approach to the war on drugs, suggesting that drug consumption should be viewed as a public health problem.
The conference participants agree on the need to reduce demand for illicit drugs through education and addressing social issues such as inequality and poverty.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador emphasizes the importance of strengthening family unity, combating poverty, and supporting the US in its fight against fentanyl.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro proposed on Saturday an alliance between Latin American countries to bring a unified voice to the fight against drug trafficking, by recognizing drug consumption as a public health problem instead of confronting it with what he called a "failed" militarized approach.
Petro, the first leftist president in Colombia's history, closed the Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Drugs, which was held in the city of Cali, by saying that 50 years of a failed war on drugs had resulted in immeasurable bloodshed and pain in Latin America.
"What I propose is to have a different and unified voice that defends our society, our future and our history and stops repeating a failed discourse," said the Colombian president.
"It is time to rebuild hope and not repeat the bloody and ferocious wars, the ill-named 'war on drugs',…