Cooperation in North America


 

                       

 

The respective presidents and Prime Minister of United States, Mexico and Canada, Obama, Felipe Calderón and Stephen Harper, met last Monday, the ninth of April, in Washington DC in order to deal with the economic situation, the safety and security of the three countries. Inside these topics, they talked also about drug trafficking and organized crime.

This topic is not new for these countries, in special for Mexico, where this problem has caused a total of 50.000 dead during the administration of Calderón since 2006, and has turned Central Mexico in one of the most dangerous regions in the world. So the importance of its control and eradication is clear, because, in Obama’s words, “These cartels and drug traffickers are an exceptional threat to our Central American neighboring countries, so we are joining forces as it is the only way to success.” Moreover, Obama is committed to reduce arms sales to Mexico, and make efforts to decrease the demand of drugs in United States.

Meanwhile, Calderón is convinced of the urgency of stopping the problem, on the contrary, it will be impossible to stop the violence in Mexico and even it could affect the future of United States.

In addition, this meeting, which lasted a few hours, is  important because it will serve to lay foundations for the next Summit of the Americas – meeting of the head of states and governments of the American continent –  , which will take place in Colombia next fourteenth and fifteenth of April, and whose main motto is “Connecting the Americas: Partners for prosperity” . So, apart from the polemic in this summit – Cuba won’t be present, as US said it is not democratic enough to assist, and president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, in order to support Cuba, won’t do so too – the principal goals of the encounter are the physical integration and regional cooperation to improve the development and overcome the challenges of the regions, for example, drug trafficking. What is sure is North America knows its challenges and will cooperate to get over them.

Diana Cerviño
Antonio Crespo
Celia García
Paula Zapata

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