By Dialogo April 19, 2012 The U.S. State Department official responsible for anti-drug efforts, William Brownfield, visited Mexico and Brazil from April 17 to 20, to discuss citizen security and the fight against drug trafficking with local authorities, a statement announced on April 16. From April 16 to 17, Brownfield attended the World Economic Forum on Latin America, which will took place in the Mexican city of Puerto Vallarta, the State Department statement said. From April 19 to 20, the assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is in Brazil to meet with members of Dilma Rousseff’s administration to discuss organized crime and citizen security. At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena (in northern Colombia) over the previous weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the fight against drugs, the violence of which has left tens of thousands dead in Latin America in recent decades. At the summit at the Colombian beach resort, the leaders of the Americas agreed to conduct studies on alternatives to the war on drugs promoted by the United States. Nevertheless, Obama has been clear that his administration rejects a possible decriminalization of drugs, as proposed by Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina.
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