The same day Russian anti-drug chief Victor Ivanov told U.S. policy-makers gathered at the CSIS in Washington that international cooperation in imposing a "Glass Steagall" policy could crush global drug trafficking, a policy long advocated by U.S. statesman Lyndon LaRouche, the British House of Lords was hosting an international conference to review a revamped U.N. Convention on drugs, drafted at the behest of the House of Lord's All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform, which would legalize narcotics production, use, and trade. That conference concluded with a new call to end global action against narcotics, signed by prominent international "names" (e.g. George Schultz).
Five days before, the London Observer published an interview with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, naming him as "the leading voice on the international stage calling for a major rethink on the war on drugs." Santos used the Observer to issue a call for international capitulation to narcotics trafficking. Drug legalization should be on the table, he told the Observer. "I would talk about legalising marijuana and more than just marijuana.... I ask myself, how would you explain marijuana being legalised in California and cocaine consumption being penalised in Idaho? It's a contradiction."
Santos claimed authority to call for surrender, as the head of a nation which fought the cartels for many years, and reported that he has urged Mexican President Felipe Calderon to join him in promoting the "discussion" of legalization, for the same reason. Colombia's successes against the drug trade came not under Santos, however, but under the leadership of his predecessor Alvaro Uribe and the national military, who refused to capitulate, and saved the country from imminent disintegration by doing precisely what Santos and the British insist must now be abandoned: prosecuting war on the narcoterrorist cartels. In fact, Uribe came out immediately opposing Santos's capitulation.
Santos sent his Interior Minister to participate in the House of Lords legalization confab later that week, and he pushed the legalization policy personally himself in London, during his Nov. 21-22 official visit.
Santos was received as well as a very loyal subject would desire. He returned from London bragging that he met personaly with the Queen, and with Prince Charles separately. Relations with the UK "are at their best moment, the best in our recent history; everything is going full-steam ahead," Santos announced following his meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron. The UK and Colombia see eye-to-eye on the U.N. Security Council (including on the need for more action against Syria), he reported, and he reported he had discussed with Cameron how the UK "can play a more important role" in Ibero-America.