A new report calls the 'war on drugs' a failure. The claim isn't new, but hearing it from an ex-UN head and a former US secretary of State adds new weight to the criticism.
President Calderón issued his most sobering assessment of Mexico's drug war to date and called for support against those who target politicians and institutions. More than 28,000 people have been killed in the past four years.
The UN, in its annual report released today, said Latin America is undermining the drug war by decriminalizing small amounts of drugs.
The 'war on drugs' has failed, some Latin American leaders say. But legalization of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, and other narcotics may not curb violence.
Many countries in the region – most recently Mexico – have decriminalized small amounts of drugs for personal use. The moves have followed decisions by left-leaning governments to limit cooperation with the US in recent years.