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President Calderón: Success in war on drugs will reassure existence of mexican state, if not a narcostate will surge.

Some 50,000 mexican troops have been deployed since December 2006

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has warned that drug gangs are seeking to replace the state and impose their own law in parts of the country.

The traffickers were intimidating and extorting communities, he said.

But Mr Calderon, speaking at the end of a three-day anti-crime conference, said the fight against gangs must continue despite rising violence.

More than 28,000 people have died in drug-related violence since he declared war on the drug cartels in 2006.On the final day of the meeting in Mexico City, President Calderon said the drug gangs had moved beyond just trafficking narcotics and were seeking to dominate everyone else.

“This criminal behaviour has become an activity that not only defies the state but seeks to replace the state,” he told delegates, including officials, researchers and religious leaders.

The gangs were imposing fees like taxes in areas they dominated and trying to impose their own laws by force of arms, said President Calderon.

He insisted his military-led crackdown on the cartels would continue, despite concerns about…READ MORE HERE.