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Drugs war to be focus of summit with Mexico

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Experts and officials from Mexico and Central America gathered in Costa Rica to discuss strategies to strengthen trade and to improve the so-called “war on drugs,” which will be a focus of a regional summit with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto February 19-20.

Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo stressed “the need to redefine what the region and Mexico should do to fight organized crime and to join efforts, especially in the fight against drug trafficking, and smuggling and human trafficking."

Castillo highlighted as a priority the joint fight against organized crime, which turned Central America into the most violent region in the world outside of war zones, according to the latest UN report. In Mexico, the drug war has killed some 60,000 people since 2005.

Source: Tico Times