State Department Frustration with Guatemalan President’s Permissive Stance to Drugs

Posted: April 13, 2012 in Primary Sources

This document summarizes the George H.W. Bush Administration’s frustration with the Vinicio Cerezo government and his Christian Democratic Party in Guatemala in 1989. Vice President Dan Quayle met with Cerezo in late 1989. His government was riddled with corruption, especially rumored links between members of his cabinet/military and Colombian drug cartels. Cerezo himself was rumored to be addicted to cocaine. The document also reveals the civilian government’s inability to rein in the military.

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