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Mexican leaders debate anti-drug war

08-13-2010 08:42 BJT

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon has met with state governors to discuss anti-drug war efforts. State Governors called for more funds and military forces to stop weapon smuggling from the US.

Calderon reiterated that his government was coming up with new tools to combat money laundering by drug cartels. An estimated 10 billion US dollars in cash linked to drug trafficking flows through Mexico annually. Calderon and many governors attending the meeting agreed the public had to be brought into the fight against cartels by providing intelligence to police.

Humerto Moreira, Coahuila State Governor, said, "The first step has to be to deal with the educational opportunities available to our youth. Mr. President, we must work to understand and solve the problem of bad influences over our youth. It's not acceptable that 18-year-olds that six or eight years ago were going to school by their mother's hands, today are members of organized crime groups."

More than 28-thousand people have died in drug-related violence since Calderon launched the offensive in late 2006, sending thousands of troops to drug hot spots.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

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