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UK: PUB LTE: Western Leaders Must Back Colombia's Courageous

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Pubdate: Sun, 20 Nov 2011

Source: Observer, The (UK)

Copyright: 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited

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Author: Sir Keith Morris

 

 

 

WESTERN LEADERS MUST BACK COLOMBIA'S COURAGEOUS STAND ON DRUGS

 

President Santos's call for a new approach to drugs must be supported wholeheartedly

 

President Santos's call for a new approach to the war on drugs, an approach that could even look at legalising cocaine and marijuana, deserves a positive response from the leaders of the consumer countries and the US and EU in particular ( "Colombia's leader urges global rethink on drugs" ).

 

Those of us who have campaigned for serious debate on the issue have been frustrated by the number of senior politicians who have agreed with us but said they could not take a public stand for fear of committing political suicide due to a hostile reaction from the US administration or public opinion or, in the UK, the Daily Mail. The fact that the president of Colombia, the country that has paid the highest price and fought hardest in the war on drugs, should have been prepared to speak out so courageously should inspire the many in American and European political circles who share his view about the failure of the war on drugs at last to make their voices heard.

 

Sir Keith Morris

 

British ambassador to Colombia 1990-94

 

London SE19

MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom

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