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UNODC director meets with Mexican president

Yury Fedotov has a right to look concerned these days

Addressing the press after meeting with Mexican President Felipe Calderón this week, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Director Yury Fedotov stressed the impact that organized crime has on that region as well as other parts of the world.

“These criminals are responsible for the death and misery of people across the globe through their increasingly diversified illicit operations,” said Mr. Fedotov “We have to remember however that such violent crimes form part of a much bigger, worldwide picture in which we face a complex and shifting threat; we have to remember that while the crimes are often violently local, our solutions must be global.”

His two day visit followed UNODC discussions with the Mexican Government as the two aim for a strategic alliance against organized crime in Central America. The meetings with President Calderón and other senior Mexican leaders covered topics from human trafficking and migrant smuggling to illicit drugs and corruption.

Reflecting on those most affected by organized crime, Mr. Fedotov expressed solidarity with the people of Mexico:  “On too many occasions, it is the citizens who have become victims while attempting to pursue a peaceful existence.” Referring to last month’s massacre at a Monterrey casino, the Director pledged continued support to Mexico, whose location between South and North America makes it ground zero for transit of illicit drugs as well as people.

Before traveling on to South America, the Director praised Mexico’s fight against organized crime and warned the international community against viewing this as a localized problem.  Calling for greater cooperation on both regional and global levels, Mr. Fedotov said “tackling organized crime and the criminals behind these networks without international collaboration is futile. If this is done without considering the wider region, we simply run the risk of having criminal networks relocate to a new country.”