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October 19 2012

Former UN secretary general: Anti-drug policies have failed

WASHINGTON — Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan called Thursday for a discussion on decriminalization of drugs, criticizing the crackdown on traffickers in Mexico led by outgoing President Felipe Calderon.

“When you look at the results of Calderon’s efforts, most people will tell you it has not worked. He’s got lots of people killed,” Annan said at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

“There is need for change in policy, but it has to start with a debate and discussion because there are very strong emotions on either side,” Annan said.

Annan served last year on a global commission headed by former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso that recommended decriminalization of drugs. He reiterated Thursday that drug laws “have not worked.”.

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