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New push at OAS for US to alter anti-drug approach

June 4, 2013

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — The United States can expect pushback on its drug war strategy from Latin American countries this week when the Organization of American States’ General Assembly opens a three-day session in Antigua (an-TEE’-guh).

The OAS nations have been frustrated by the U.S. refusal to change its approach and they want alternatives to a fight that has killed tens of thousands in a region beset by drug cartels.

Guatemalan Foreign Relations Secretary Fernando Carrera says the subject of drugs will top the OAS agenda.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, William R. Brownfield, are scheduled to attend the meeting. It comes two weeks after the OAS released a report calling for a serious discussion on legalizing marijuana.

The OAS report found there is “no significant support” among the 35 member states for legalizing cocaine.

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