Mexican President Says Leaders Must Act In Face Of Violence
By Dialogo June 01, 2009Mexican President Felipe Calderon said the actions of terrorists and groups dedicated to organized crime must not be allowed to paralyze or curtail through fear the activities of leaders. Calderon spoke at the close of the 5th International Congress of Victims of Terrorism in the Colombian city of Medellin, where he acknowledged that in Mexico this situation has come to recur in the regions, which generates "more terror and impunity." "We cannot allow terror to take hold of the ... people (or) the governments that must defend the (people). We cannot allow, through fear or political reasons, or for any reason, it to diminish or impede the activity of the (political) leader," he said. "The great majority of the criminal acts linked to terror start from either the incapacity of the authorities or the fear of the authorities," Calderon said, adding that "there are more and more cases in which society itself is the target of the aggression." Before the 1,600 attendees at the congress, where for two days about 30 victims of terrorism gave their testimonials, the Mexican leader said that "by terrorizing a family with the kidnapping of a loved one, by terrorizing society with massive extortion, with bombs, organized crime is climbing in the social hierarchy." Earlier in the day, Calderon met with his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Uribe, and the leaders committed themselves to jointly fighting drug trafficking, terrorism and any threat to the security of the two nations. In a communique issued at the end of the meeting, Uribe hailed Calderon for his "intense and timely fight against crime and organized crime, as well as for his commitment to the law, freedom, democracy and justice." The Colombian promised to deepen the cooperation with Mexico to confront the threat posed by organized crime, which he called "a common enemy that does not respect borders and seriously affects our societies." "Mexico is an example ... in confronting drug trafficking and the factors of criminality that surround it. Every one of its successes, we celebrate as a Colombian success," Uribe said.