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The Sixth Summit of the Americas ended "no forbidden topics".

Santos : Brazil | Apr 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM PDT
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Latin American 2010 - Opening Plenary

Although he avoided specifying whether it was possible to agree on a joint return end or not, the Colombian president and host, Juan Manuel Santos , said that discussions were all that were on the agenda. He also reported that hemispheric leaders agreed to "explore new approaches "in fight against drugs.

In a press conference to mark the end of the forum, President Santos said that the meeting ended with "commitments" on some issues, including three statements on specific issues.

These statements are one, at the request of Brazil and Argentina, to support the Rio +20 meeting, one of Mexico on transnational organized crime and one from Colombia referred to a forum of regional competitiveness.

The president avoided answering the press about the lack of a final declaration and only highlighted the importance of communications. Diplomatic sources in Brazil and Argentina had anticipated that the failure to agree a joint document was due to disagreement over the presence of Cuba in the hemisphere next appointment.

On the debate to review the strategy against drug trafficking, Santos said the presidents agreed to "explore new approaches." All the leaders "agreed on the need to analyze the results of the current policy that we implemented in the Americas," he said.

He explained that the OAS will undertake research with information from other international bodies like the Pan American Health Organization and the UN office on drugs to discuss the matter in detail and to propose policies.

The meeting was preceded by the announcement of the absence of the presidents of Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua. To this was added on Sunday announcing the suspension of a bilateral meeting that should keep the presidents of Colombia and Brazil. In addition, the Head of State Argentina returned home so early, but did not transcend the reasons.

Buenos Aires, through its Foreign Minister, Hector Timerman said that during the summit there was no consensus to address the dispute that his country by the United Kingdom by the Falkland Islands. "The President stated that Cartagena (home of the Summit) was a good place to discuss Falklands because it was walled city just to defend against English pirates at the time," he said.

As host, the Government of Colombia had put all his chips to make this event go down in history as the “top of the results ", but could not avoid discrepancies between different countries of the continent on sensitive issues.

All discussions of presidents and prime ministers were made ​​behind closed doors and the only public speech was to Santos at the opening.

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