Paraguay Will Oppose Decriminalization of Drugs
By Dialogo April 05, 2012
At the upcoming Summit of the Americas, Paraguay will oppose the decriminalization of drugs proposed by Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina.
“Decriminalizing drugs is very risky for the health of the population,” said the director of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat, César Damián Aquino, shortly after a meeting with the head of state, Fernando Lugo, at Government Palace.
Aquino confirmed that Paraguay will not sign any document along those lines at the summit.
“All the nations of South, Central, and North America are concerned about the drug-trafficking situation,” the official explained.
The head of Senad said that “up to now, I don’t know in what sense liberalization is being talked about, because all the people who are talking about liberalization are people who at one time were very important in their countries, such as the former presidents of Colombia (César Gaviria), Brazil (Fernando Henrique Cardoso), and Mexico (Ernesto Zedillo).”
“One group of people says ‘we should liberalize’; another group says that we can’t act to please a small group of people who might benefit, and the rest have to be dying on account of this evil,” he observed.
Aquino will form part of Paraguay’s delegation that will attend the summit to be held in Cartagena (Colombia) on April 14 and 15.
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