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Boletín de prensa internacional 11/04/12

“Regular y no legalizar la droga”, proponen  Cardoso, Gaviria y Zedillo
El País (España) Cardoso, Gaviria y Zedillo proponen "regular, no legalizar" la droga
El debate para encontrar algún tipo de esquema de regulación para las drogas ilegales, y con ello cambiar el paradigma del combate al narcotráfico que tiene más de 40 años de vigencia, ha alcanzado su máximo nivel justo cuando los países de América están a punto de reunirse en la Cumbre de las Américas, que se celebrará este fin de semana en Cartagena de Indias.
“Regular no es lo mismo que legalizar. Ese punto es fundamental. Regular es crear las condiciones para la imposición de todo tipo de restricciones y límites a la comercialización, propaganda y consumo del producto, sin ilegalizarlo”, explicaron el domingo Fernando Henrique Cardoso, César Gaviria y Ernesto Zedillo, los expresidentes de Brasil, Colombia y México respectivamente, que en un nuevo documento insisten en que “40 años de inmensos esfuerzos no lograron reducir ni la producción ni el consumo de drogas ilícitas. En México y Centroamérica, la violencia y la corrupción asociadas al tráfico de drogas representan una amenaza a la seguridad ciudadana y a la estabilidad democrática”.  Ver>>

Entrevista con Juan Manuel Santos, Presidente de Colombia
Interview with Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos
On April 3, The Washington Post’s Juan Forero spoke to Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota about the drug problem facing Latin America and what is on the table for discussion during the Summit of the Americas. Here are excerpts from the interview:
What are you proposing at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena?
“[The drug issue] has a very high political sensitivity, and people like to play with people’s sensitivity, and so many times the discussion is not rational. It’s irrational. But if we discuss this in a rational way,with experts and say: ‘Well, okay, what we are doing? Is that the best thing that we can do? Or should we maybe explore other alternatives to see if we find a better one, where the cost to humanity and to thousands of victims of this drug problem could be less, and the cost for the countries could be less?’ And this is the discussion that I want to open.” Ver>>

Santos vs. Uribe
The Economist (UK) Santos vs Uribe
Álvaro Uribe (pictured right) has fallen out with his chosen successor, Juan Manuel Santos (left). At stake are conflicting visions of the country’s future
IT STARTED on Twitter. In 2010 Álvaro Uribe handed on the presidency after two terms to Juan Manuel Santos, his former defence minister whom he expected to continue his policies. Mr Uribe took to tweeting, at first to trumpet his record on security, education and helping the poor. But as Mr Santos began to make clear that he had his own agenda for Colombia, the tweets got tougher. A year and a half into his four-year term, Mr Santos’s predecessor has become his most powerful opponent. And that could turn into a problem.
In public, Mr Santos continues to praise Mr Uribe, whose determined security drive rescued Colombia from becoming a failed state and laid the foundations for an economic boom. But many of Mr Santos’s policies can be read as a tacit critique of his predecessor. The last friendly encounter between the two men was when they lunched with their wives at Mr Uribe’s ranch in January 2011.