Thursday, September 22, 2011



Note: Nitpicking: Either he doesn't know, or just upping the
rhetoric but "dictatorial schemes" have killed many millions. Or
maybe he went to school in U.S.?

FCH Calls for UN arms control
The president of Mexico asked the General Assembly for effective
measures to drug consumer countries
Thursday September 22, 2011
Jorge Ramos and J. Posted and correspondent Jaime Hernandez | El

NEW YORK .- President Felipe Calderón told the UN General Assembly
that the multinational organization has "chamba" what to do to stop
arms sales that feeds the power of organized crime that is "killing"
more people than all the dictatorial schemes together.
"It is urgent to put serious controls in producer countries and
sellers of high-powered weapons, not to continue feeding the arsenals
of the criminals," he said.

"The United Nations has chamba, has work to do here. Should continue
to promote the International Treaty on Arms Trade and prevent their
diversion to activities prohibited by international law, "said
Calderon in the top gallery of the world community, with leaders and
heads of state, after the president's message Barack Obama, United
States, and Dilma Roussef, Brazil.
"To all surprised by the dozens or hundreds or thousands of deaths
caused by authoritarian and repressive regime and of course we also
repudiate," said Calderon.

However, "we must be aware that organized crime is now killing more
people and more younger people than the dictatorial regimes all
together at this time. Now thousands, tens of thousands in our Latin
America, particularly between Mexico and the Andes are dying because
of criminals, and I greet with affection and respect my fellow
presidents of Central and Latin America. "

Previously, Obama had identified as threats to peace as poverty and
terrorism, without mentioning the drug trafficking or organized crime.

Fortaleza de Mexico

Calderón Hinojosa, in turn, warned that the power of crime is
stronger than many governments, but "certainly not ours."

The president called on consuming nations to their moral obligation
not only to curb the sale of arms, but also consumption, and if
unable, unwilling or resign themselves to the latter, then look for

"While there are still drug users willing to pay tens of billions of
dollars for their addictions or preferences, such is financing
criminal activity and will remain its primary source. Mexico is doing
its part, is fighting crime in all its manifestations with energy,
but it is necessary, now more than ever, drug-consuming countries
take effective steps to reduce their demand. "

Calderon anticipates, "I will say that this is not possible, that the
demand for drugs continues to grow, here in America almost 30% of the
young are drug users. (...) we are forced to find how to cut the
funding sources and seek all options, including alternatives to the
drug market. "

(Note; at least the homicide rate is higher, but they are correct
the situation is probably worse.
"including old and current government and military officials. " With
their extensive access to arms and material.

The narcos kills more in Central America than in Mexico, says US
A report released in the U.S. Senate says that homicide rates in the
region in 2010 were "higher than in Mexico"

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 .- Central America faces a "dangerous
crossroads", where impunity is the "law" and a further deterioration
in security can severely damage "the already weak" institutions and
justice systems, according to a report released today in the United
States Senate.

The 58-page report, released by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of
California, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, provides an X on the
"crisis" of security in Central America and recommends increased
investment in several key programs in the region.

"Impunity is the law in Central America. The U.S. can greatly help to
support programs that reduce impunity and show that there are
consequences for criminal activities," said the report, commissioned
by two senators, who chairs the Senate Narcotics Control International.

The report said homicide rates in Central America in 2010 were
"significantly higher than in Mexico."

Last year there were 18 homicides per 100 000 people in Mexico but,
by way of comparison, there were 50 homicides per 100 000 people in
Guatemala, 66 in 77 in El Salvador and Honduras, the report said.

According to the document, the Mexican drug cartels, drug
traffickers, local, traditional youth gangs and other illegal
criminal networks "are taking advantage of weak governance and poor
systems of justice" in Central America.

As Mexican President Felipe Calderon, deepening the fight against
drug traffickers in its territory, they have increased their presence
in Central America.

Groups such as "Los Zetas" gulf and Sinaloa cartels have found an
environment in Central America "conducive to business" and operate
virtually "free from prosecution," he said.

On March 30, the commander of United States Southern Command, Gen.
Douglas Fraser, warned that the so-called "Northern Triangle" of
Central America-Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, "has become
probably the most deadly area world outside the war zones in Iraq and
Afghanistan and elsewhere ", said the document.

The gang numbering about 70 000 members, are particularly active in
this triangle and add the violence in the region, although other
criminal networks, similar to the mafia, operating there and are
often linked with the elites, "including old and current government
and military officials. "

United States has given Central America 361.5 million dollars for
security programs over four years, through the Regional Security
Initiative for Central America (CARSI, in English).

But the analysis, which is based on field visits, interviews,
official documents and non-recommended, given the fiscal climate in
Washington, also becomes more emphasis on "strengthening internal
funding sources of Central American nations ".

It also recommends seeking additional contributions from the private
sector, international financial institutions and other donor countries.

The bipartisan report does not demand great amounts of new foreign
aid but encourages the State Department and US law enforcement
agencies to "focus on key programs that have proven effective in both
Central America and other areas of the world."

It also "encourages" the Central American countries to put in place
institutional reforms and improvements in legal frameworks. In
Guatemala, for example, the level of impunity reaches 98%, he said.

The analysis calls for expanding the entire region police units
"first line" cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA), such as those already operating in Guatemala and Panama.

The document calls for more support for programs to protect
witnesses, judges and prosecutors, to build confidence in the
judicial systems of the area, and extraditions to the United States
of "high-level criminals."

It also suggests helping Central American countries to identify "the
sources and causes" of violence in the subregion in order to
understand the relationship between Mexican drug traffickers and
local criminal organizations.

2011-09-22 18:30:00

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