Friday, March 2, 2012



Note:  "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." 

Organized crime threatens the stability of nations: OAS
The Organization of American States in Mexico asked to make a common front against transnational crime

MEXICO CITY, March 1. - The Organization of American States (OAS) began in Mexico today to explore how to deal more effectively with transnational organized crime with representatives from over 30 countries in the region "where they make more firearm homicides "throughout the world.

"I am convinced that strengthening and pooling our efforts we will be able finally to impose against this common enemy in order to fully ensure public safety and peace in the Hemisphere," said Secretary for Multidimensional Security of the OAS, Adam Blackwell.

OAS envoy attended the opening of the First Hemispheric Meeting of High Level against Transnational Organized Crime, two days and attended in Mexico City attorneys, prosecutors and justice ministers from more than 30 countries, including the U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

"Crime and violence are now the main threats to the security of our states," said Blackwell, who gave security to the figures of the OAS in 2010 indicate that about 357,000 people died violently throughout the continent, 150,000 of them victims of intentional homicide.

Blackwell noted that the region holds "more than two thirds of the world's kidnappings," and mentioned that in the year 200 million people "were victims of a crime" in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Meanwhile, the regional representative for Mexico and Central America of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Antonio Luigi Mazzitelli, drew attention to the price "that organized crime is being exacted on all citizens of the hemisphere."

Said he was certain that the blood of "public servants, prosecutors, judges" and "innocent victims" of crime is not "shed in vain" in America, but will serve to strengthen law enforcement institutions and "build a future where security and justice are the pillars of a more united, more open and more fair. "

The call to have a "front line international organized" joined by Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who noted that the hemispheric challenge is "huge", and that organized crime "has accelerated in the last decade and a half" it's territorial control in some countries in the region.

This type of crime "poses the greatest challenge to the state" both in the world "in our hurting Americas," he said.

Found that crime and violence are "the main threat to democratic regimes" that were built in America "with great effort and enormous sacrifice" for decades.

For her part, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Patricia Espinosa, acknowledged that "the onslaught of criminal groups has intensified, expanded and diversified" in recent years.

Criminal activities "that were once isolated are now part of broader strategies and complex organizations of transnational reach. Therefore it is imperative to further strengthen cooperation between our countries," he said.

The attorney general of Mexico, Marisela Morales, recalled in the same act that "no criminal organization is stronger and more powerful than the states in the hemisphere" and encouraged those present to direct their work "to new concepts and a system of agile cooperation. "

The meeting comes at a time when the president of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, has called for a debate in the region on the decriminalization of some drugs, a plan that aims to bring to the Summit of the Americas to be held in April in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).

A proposal of Guatemala, which was not mentioned by any of the speakers opposed the United States, which this week made it clear through its Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, who "does not believe that decriminalization is the solution."

Other countries such as Mexico are willing to open up this debate, have said both President Calderón and Chancellor Espinosa.

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