Mexican President calls for "united front" against drugs

11:40, October 27, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon attends the press conference during the 12th Dialogue and Agreement Mechanisms of Tuxtla Presidential Summit (Tuxtla Group Summit) in Cartagena, Colombia, on Oct. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Cesar Carrion)


Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday called for a "united front" to combat drug trafficking, which is "the biggest obstacle" for the region's development.

Calderon said this in Cartagena, Colombia, during the 12th Dialogue and Agreement Mechanisms of Tuxtla Presidential Summit ( Tuxtla Group Summit).

Calderon said that this regional scheme "is the perfect forum to advance in our goal of creating a united front against the transnational crime."

Calderon said that drug trafficking "is the biggest threat affecting our region" and its inhabitants.

"This transnational crime does not know border and in the same way it poisons our youngsters, and fills of fear the towns by blackmailing their inhabitants, kidnaps them and kills them," Calderon said.

"It is not possible that isolated from our national border we efficiently faced the transnational crime, he said.

Mexico is facing a war against drug trafficking, which has killed 30,000 people since Calderon took office in 2006.

The Summit was attended by some 10 countries including Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia and others.

The summit is aimed to articulate cooperation, development and integration efforts among the Latin American nations.

The Tuxtal Group was created in the 1970s by Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, during a meeting in Tuxtla Gutierrez city in the southeast of Mexico.


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