Friday, March 2, 2012


AZMEX POLICY 2   2 MAR 2012  

OAS create pact with anti-crime center
José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization and Marisela Morales Ibañez, head of the PGR released one of the agreements of the hemispheric meeting of prosecutors

MEXICO CITY | Friday March 2, 2012
Silvia Otero and Alberto Morales | El Universal

The justice ministers and attorneys in the hemisphere agreed to create a Centre for Cooperation in combating transnational organized crime as part of measures taken to make a common front "is growing and invasive form of criminality," which represents a threat extends to new areas of the region, including interfaces with other continents.

José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Marisela Morales Ibañez, head of the Attorney General's Office (PGR Mexico) released and one of the agreements adopted by the officials who participated in the Hemispheric Meeting of High Level Organized Crime that developed over two days in Mexico City.

During the closed meeting of representatives of the 34 countries of the OAS, Secretary General stressed that the creation of the Centre approved the justice ministers and attorneys, will "make use of skills" with which all states have members but also involves the creation of new capabilities to address transnational organized crime.

Insulza stressed that it is against transnational organized crime to have a united front and hoped that "we impose on this threat." He said that while countries together "represent American democracy, crime represents the opposite: the destruction of institutions and individuals, the cancellation of the dialogue. Crime is by nature authoritarian."

The Mexican attorney general was responsible for reading the conclusions of the meeting, including the decision said prosecutors and ministers to "develop a system of cooperation that includes the Center to coordinate the implementation of the Hemispheric Plan of Action against Transnational Organized Crime , harmonizing and coordinating efforts on the subject in the different organs of the OAS, and thus enhance national and regional actions. "

Morales Ibañez said that in the two-day meeting concluded that "the phenomenon of transnational organized crime has become increasingly complex and affects our societies, spreading to new areas of the region and interconnected with other continents."

Other findings, said the official, was that it is necessary that all American countries fully harmonize national legislation with these instruments is "necessary to further promote hemispheric cooperation" and have mechanisms to deal with this crime of comprehensively, in addition to required legislative efforts to supplement the financial, material and human resources to enable the full implementation of legal norms.

The head of the PGR also explained that their counterparts in the hemisphere agreed on the need to strengthen aspects of cooperation such as extradition, mutual legal assistance, exchange of information and intelligence, investigative techniques and mutual training.


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