Havana, Cuba, site of the peace talks, November 28, 2013
Drug-trafficking, a Pandora's Box
Regarding the scourge of drug trafficking, let us clarify the following points:
This is not exclusively Colombia's problem, but an international problem whose solution must engage all nations.
Throughout the centuries the coca leaf has been used to alleviate hunger, thirst, fatigue, for its digestive and relaxing effects, and it has been scientifically shown to have nutritional and medicinal properties.
At the peace talks, we are about to discuss the issue of illicit crops, after rural communities, accompanied by experts, held two forums in the country, providing valuable input to continue analyzing this issue and find solutions. Although the country is part of the problem of drug production and trafficking, this has not been recognized as a result of the abandonment of the Colombian State to rural areas, the State's complicity with drug trafficking and restrictive and arbitrary policies that have changed drugs into a powerful business with major capital accumulation.
Coming up: The discussion on drug-trafficking
The newspaper from Lima "El Comercio", on February 12, 1998, outlined a statement made by the famous US economist Milton Friedman, entitled "Drugs, an unfair war":
"Our drug policy has led to thousands of deaths and enormous loss of wealth in countries like Colombia, Peru and Mexico (...) All because we cannot enforce our laws at home. If we did, there would be no market for imported drugs. (...) The foreign countries would not have to suffer the loss of sovereignty (...) Can any policy be moral if it leads to widespread corruption, imprisons so many, has so racist an effect, destroys our inner cities, wreaks havoc on misguided and vulnerable individuals and brings death and destruction to foreign countries?"