US Gives Guatemala US$40 Million to Continue War on Drugs

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Guatemala’s President Otto PĂ©rez has announced a US$40 million donation from the US Government to increase the country’s capacity to fight drug trafficking. The statement came yesterday, during a special event at a Guatemalan Air Force base.

In addition to other equipment, the donation includes six helicopters and infrastructure for their use, valued at US$16 millon.

PĂ©rez had asked for more US financial support in order to fight drug trafficking, and the US government answered — even if many in Guatemala’s government, including PĂ©rez, support legalization of drugs rather than more violent confrontations.

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Source: New Straits Times

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