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US President Barack Obama has said that legalising drugs is not the answer to the problems caused by the trafficking of illegal narcotics in the Americas.
Mr Obama told a gathering of leading executives in Colombia ahead of the Summit of the Americas that legalisation could worsen the problem.
But he said that he was open to a debate about the issue.
The US president was responding to demands by regional leaders for a new drug war strategy.
On Friday, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina told BBC Mundo that the current strategies against drug trafficking were making the war on drugs unwinnable.
"We call for a responsible, serious dialogue in which we scientifically analyse what is happening with the war on drugs", he said.
President Obama said the answer to the increasing power of drug cartels in the hemisphere was to encourage societies with strong eco
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