Mexico and U.S. officials plan joint action against Mexico’s cartels
Mexico’s top prosecutor said Monday that the country’s top government official is pushing for a new government to be formed to combat drug cartels and curb the growth of organized crime.
“I am asking for a cabinet to be established, and to be led by the president,” said Roberto Gonzalez, Mexico’s chief prosecutor, during a visit to Washington.
“We need to create a government to address the root causes of this problem.
We need to do that in a very concrete way,” Gonzalez said.
The announcement came just hours after the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution calling on Mexico to crack down on organized crime and criminal gangs and help combat the growth in drug trafficking.
The council approved a new version of the resolution on Monday, but only after Mexico’s government requested a meeting to discuss it.
The council will consider the latest version in coming days.
Gonzalez said the council’s resolution is important because the Mexican government and U of T are in agreement on the need to make a concerted effort to fight organized crime in Mexico.
Mexico’s current president, Enrique Pena Nieto, has vowed to fight drugs but has not been able to implement any of the nation’s proposed anti-criminalization measures.
The Mexican government has accused the United States of financing and supporting cartels.
But Pena and other senior Mexican officials have denied that accusation.
Mexico’s president has pledged to fight drug cartels, but has yet to implement a number of his own anti-crime measures.
Pena’s government has been criticized for failing to enact any anti-trafficking measures during his term.