Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mexico: Crime-fighting joint responsibility between Mexico and US

Source: Government of Mexico - President Felipe Calderón declared that it is essential for the problem of organized crime to be assumed as a shared responsibility between the US and Mexcio and urged both countries to continue collaborating to put an end to the transborder trafficking of drugs, weapons and illegal money, to protect young people and children from criminals.

“Like a battle on either side of the border that Americans and Mexicans will have to fight and win as allies, each in his own territory, each in his own sphere of competence, yet with close collaboration regarding information, intelligence and political policies,” he said.

During his third visit to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, where he implemented the Urban Oportunidades program, the President repeated his condemnation of the killings of children and teenagers in Villas de Salvárcar, as well as the murder of three persons linked to the US Consulate in that city. He repeated his commitment to clarifying events and investigating to bring those responsible to justice.

“I would like to express my deepest condolences to their relatives, friends, colleagues and the government they served and hope they will soon find consolation at these difficult times. I obviously pledge our common commitment together with the state and city government to clarify these crimes and seek and punish the guilty,” he said.

Accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, Social Development Secretary, Heriberto Félix Guerra and state governor, José Reyes Baeza, the President declared that not only should the mechanisms of justice and security be reinforced but the conditions of poverty and marginalization, a breeding ground for crime and violence, should also be changed.

“I would like to say that every life that is lost is important to me; every Juárez resident who dies grieves, concerns and matters to us. Juárez with the terrible problems it faces is not alone. Juárez is in Mexico's heart and today, Juárez is a city in which we all feel represented and hurt. We are all Juárez, which is why we will work tirelessly to reconstruct Ciudad Juárez for Mexico,” he said.

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