Latin American and European Legislators Discuss Drug Trafficking in Mexico

By Dialogo
February 15, 2012

Legislative delegations from 60 nations of Latin America and the European Union will meet in Mexico next week to draw up recommendations on combating organized crime in advance of the presidential summit to be held in Chile in June, one of the organizers announced on February 13.

The legislators who make up the EUROLAT Political Affairs and Security Committee meet twice a year. The last meeting was in Belgium in November, and the meeting this time will be from February 21 to 23 in the Mexican capital.

Mexican Senator José Guadarrama, co-chair of the committee, explained that the recommendations they issue will be submitted to the summit of heads of state of the two regions, with the aim that the presidents “know what we’re thinking in the parliaments.”

He added that the chosen topic is “of the greatest importance,” pointing to drug trafficking as “so severe a plague around the world, particularly in Mexico.”

The meeting will be attended by the Mexican foreign minister, Patricia Espinosa, and other members of the government, in addition to experts from the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

EUROLAT was constituted in 2006 and represents 33 Latin American and Caribbean legislatures and the 27 members of the European Union.

The interparliamentary meeting will take place in Mexico, which is facing a wave of violence that has left more than 50,000 dead over the last five years, with the majority of deaths attributed to conflicts between drug cartels and to the military offensive launched by the government against those organizations, but also including civilians without ties to organized crime.