By The Universal
19/09/2012 – 8:46 a.m.
Washington. – HLG cooperation scheme Merida Initiative yesterday agreed to step up work in strategic areas for the development of a secure border and competitive, and the restoration of the social fabric in vulnerable communities.
After the bilateral meeting on security, Mexico and the United States unveiled-in-joint communique that will launch programs to strengthen police training and police academies in the states of Chihuahua, Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, with team and training courses.
“As for the security of our shared border, review the actions taken to promote cooperation between authorities responsible for preventing and addressing border incidents. In this regard, we emphasize the adoption of the Protocols of Border Violence Prevention, “was released. Also restructuring actions will be implemented and community care in Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez and Monterrey.
“In coordination with local authorities and community leaders, we have taken action to prevent and reduce drug demand, recover public spaces, working with children and young people, and support community networks for the prevention of crime”, was established in the statement.
On drug use, it was determined to proceed to link the operation of 334 centers for prevention and primary care throughout the country and 32 state centers, thereby to form a national observatory on the use of drugs to allow monitoring, in real time, the consumption patterns and trends for specific and targeted interventions.
In his message, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed the hope that the incoming government of Enrique Peña Nieto deposit the same “faith” has been President Felipe Calderon on the principle of “shared responsibility” that has given life to the Merida Initiative , to maintain the same level of cooperation and commitment in the fight against drug cartels.
Hillary Clinton’s call was echoed by Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Patricia Espinosa, who confirmed that both governments have been working on a “road map” to be presented in the following days and how the incoming government recommendation to ensure continuity of the Merida Initiative.
At the end of the work that marked the fourth meeting of the High Level Group, the leading representatives of both governments paved the way for the transition to try to ensure the continuity of a period of cooperation with lights and shadows that depend largely , security needs and political will of the two governments in 2013.
“During the past three and a half years has been significant progress in security, as part of the Merida Initiative,” said Clinton by making an enthusiastic defense cooperation scheme that has allowed cartels fight while has allowed Mexico improve its judicial and correctional institutions.
“We hope that this high level of cooperation and faith in the shared responsibility to continue in the next administration,” Clinton said at the end of a work that was submitted as preparatory “transition process” in both countries by senior Obama administration .
Although no date for the fifth meeting of the High Level Group, Espinosa said the need to “maintain a broad cooperation, based on the principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust and respect for the sovereignty of both nations” .