Napolitano to visit Guatemala for talks on drugs
By Dialogo February 20, 2012
GUATEMALA CITY – U.S. Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will visit Guatemala next week for talks on President Otto Pérez’s bold proposal to legalize drug production and consumption, authorities said on Feb. 18.
“This is a high-level visit. We hope to take up important issues for us, such as drug trafficking, [and] legalization of drugs,” Pérez said late on Feb. 17 after a meeting with U.S. ambassador Arnold Chacón.
The meeting was the first for the president of this Central American nation since he unveiled his proposal on Feb. 13 after meeting with Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes.
Pérez 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 the plan 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.”
[AFP (Guatemala), 19/02/2012; Prensa Libre (Guatemala), 18/02/2012]