Mexico City, Oct 8 (EFE) .- The Governments of Mexico and the United States committed themselves this Friday during the High Level Security Dialogue, held in the Mexican capital, to address “the root causes” that originate the violence. of persecuting criminal organizations.
In a joint statement they bet on “creating the conditions for a culture of peace, while we work hand in hand to tackle the root causes of crime.”
Both governments announced this Friday the end of the Merida Initiative, a security strategy in force since 2008 with a military focus, for a new understanding that has a comprehensive vision of violence and crime between the two countries.
In that sense, they agreed to invest in public health to curb the impact of drug use, as well as support “safe communities” and reduce homicides.
Also “prevent cross-border crime”, combating arms trafficking and human trafficking, as well as “persecute criminal networks” by dismantling their funding and “strengthening” Justice.
Mexico and the United States pledged to provide “options” to young people so that they do not fall into organized crime, to “improve prisons for a more humane treatment”, reduce arms trafficking, address addictions with “a health approach. public “and share information on money laundering.
This new strategy will come into force in 2022, on the 200th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.
“This new framework establishes a comprehensive and long-term approach to guide bilateral actions in the future. Together, we can build a system of peace, justice and respect for the rule of law,” they stressed.
Within this understanding – called the United States-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for security, public health and safe communities – they agreed to implement a memorandum to reduce drug abuse, prevent drug use, strengthen a system to detect drug demand and treat addictions. with US financial and technical assistance.
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