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Mexico urges countries to share responsibility in fight against crime

04-07-2011 12:56 BJT

MEXICO CITY, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The fight against organized crime needs shared responsibility of all involved countries, Mexico's Public Security Minister Genaro Garcia Luna said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the 28th International Conference on the Fight Against Drugs held in Mexico's state of Cancun on the Yucatan peninsula, Garcia said that in order to systematically and efficiently combat drug trafficking it is necessary to establish an agenda of collaboration to prosecute the production, trafficking and consumption of illegal drugs.

Garcia said that the drugs with the largest demand for consumption include marijuana, cocaine, opium and synthetic drugs. He added that about 248 million people worldwide are drug addicts so the challenge is to improve basic social conditions, dismantle drug cartels and paralyze their financing sources.

In a separate interview with a local television channel later, he said that if adequate efforts were carried out on all fronts, Meixco's war against criminal groups could be extended for another seven years, but in just three years, most of the soldiers could be withdrawn and the job of protecting the people could be handed over to the police.

Over 36,000 people have died in drug-related violence since Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared a war against drugs cartels and organized crime shortly after taking power in December 2006.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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