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Guatemala Goes on Drug Legalization Tour; First Stop Panama

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Vice President of Guatemala, Roxana Baldetti, will kick off in Panama her tour of five Central American countries in which she is going to to promote her President’s proposal for the decriminalization of drugs. Though light on details, President Perez said his goal is to get into a discussion on the decriminalization of drugs in the wake of violence and death that generates the fight against drug trafficking.

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Guatemala Starts Tour To Promote Drug Legalization

The proposal will promote the vice Baldetti be presented as an alternative to reduce violence caused by drug trafficking.

Baldetti said that his trip will begin on Wednesday with a morning meeting with President of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli. That same day, travel to Costa Rica for lunch with the president, Laura Chinchilla. Then move to El Salvador to meet with President Mauricio Funes, as reported by daily El Periodico.

On Thursday at noon will meet with President Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, to complete its tour that same day in Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega, explained the vice president, according to the newspaper.

Baldetti be accompanied by Secretary of Economic Planning, Fernando Carrera, and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“I’m ready to take the discussion of drug decriminalization throughout Central America,” he said.
With this initiative, the Guatemalan authorities seek to encourage dialogue and discussion with the Central American presidents as they seek to unify criteria. The ultimate goal would be to submit a joint proposal at the Summit of the Americas, which will take place on 14 and 15 April in Cartagena, Colombia.

Guatemalan President announced his controversial proposal on 13 February, after a meeting with President of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, in the Guatemalan capital.

Though not go into details, the president said his goal is to get into a discussion on the decriminalization of drugs in the wake of violence and death that generates the fight against drug trafficking.

The proposal was already rejected by the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala.

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