U.S. secretary of Homeland Security to visit Guatemala for talks on drug policing
GUATEMALA CITY – U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Guatemala next week for talks on President Otto Pérez Molina’s bold proposal to legalize illicit drug production and consumption, authorities said Saturday.
“This is a high-level visit. We hope to take up important issues for us, such as drug trafficking [and] legalization of drugs,” Pérez Molina said late Friday after a meeting with U.S. Ambassador Arnold Chacón.
The meeting was his first since the president of this Central American nation unveiled a proposal on Monday after meeting with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes.
Pérez Molina thinks the legalization plan should be adopted in all countries that are used as transit points as well as for production and consumption of illegal narcotics for it to be effective.
The president told the state news agency AGM that Chacón understood “Guatemala’s position, and that the issue will not create clashes or distancing between nations.”
According to U.S. data, 90 percent of cocaine shipped from South America to the lucrative U.S. market passes through Central American nations like Guatemala.
You may be interested
Costa Rica coronavirus updates for Wednesday, September 30Alejandro Zúñiga - September 30, 2020
Costa Rica announced 24 new coronavirus-related deaths over the last day for a total of 904, according to official data…
Some 34 million jobs lost in Latin America due to pandemicCarlos MANDUJANO / AFP - September 30, 2020
The two aspirers for the presidency of Costa Rica, the evangelical preacher Fabricio Alvarado and the former minister Carlos Alvarado, reach the closing of the electoral campaign for April 1st with a technical draw, according to a poll disclosed this Friday.
CureVac launches second stage of vaccine clinical trials in Peru and PanamaAFP - September 30, 2020
The German pharmaceutical company CureVac announced that it has started Phase 2 clinical trials of its experimental vaccine against Covid-19,…