Guatemala's President Otto Perez Molina being recognised by the army after his inauguration (photo:dpa)

Citizen security: Guatemala’s president stirs debate on illegal drugs, crime and violence

Tackling organised crime and international drug trafficking is the single most important problem facing Guatemala. Its new president, Otto Perez Molina, is proposing a radical approach to deal with the issues of illegal drugs and rising crime and violence and he wants the cooperation and resources of the United States and Mexico to help his campaign.

GUATEMALA’S new President Otto Perez Molina succeeded in stirring up a fierce debate in the region after less than a month in office by proposing to decriminalise the traffic, sale, and consumption of drugs in the hemisphere.

The immediate response to his plan from a United States emb...

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Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Mr Perez Molina deserves some credit for attempting to call the attention of the US and other potential members of the donor countries and multilateral agencies to Central America as a zone of misery
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