Mexican president calls for drug debate at UN

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Felipe Calderon

Mexican President Felipe Calderon (AP photo)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Mexican President Felipe Calderon has called on members of the United Nations to promote a debate on alternative ways to combat drug trafficking.

Calderon was unusually energetic Wednesday in his address to the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly.

He says the United Nations membership has a whole must do more if developed nations that use “tons and tons of drugs” cannot reduce consumption. The Mexican president says that more than just analyze the problem, the U.N. should head “a profound international debate” about ways to cut down on trafficking.

Calderon’s speech is his last to the U.N. as Mexico’s head of state. President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto takes office Dec. 1.

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