US, Canada alone at summit in Cuba stance
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) – A summit of 33 Western Hemisphere leader opened Saturday with the United States and Canada standing firm, but alone, against everyone else's insistence that Cuba join future summits.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, a U.S. ally, opened the summit with a criticism of Cuba's exclusion, calling it an unjustified anachronism of the Cold War.
He also urged a reconsideration of the war on narcotics that he said began a century ago, referring obliquely to growing suggestions that the hemisphere's nations consider ending a prohibition of many drugs that has fed violence and crime.
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