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High Level Summit on Border Violence

High Level Summit on Border Violence
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 9:12am

U.S./Mexico Border - A high level U.S. delegation is headed to Mexico City to discuss the violence on the border and Mexico's battle with the drug cartels.

This is after three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in Juarez were gunned down earlier this month.

Secretary of State Clinton, Homeland Security Secretary Napalitano, Defense Secretary Gates are leading a high-powered delegation to Mexico  City today to talk about cross-border cooperation and the war against
Mexican drug trafficking cartels, which are waging war throughout the country.

Among the issues they will be discussing are how to spend the $1.3 billion the U-S has committed to the Mexican drug fight over a period of years.

How to improve intelligence sharing, which law enforcement officials in the U-S says has improved greatly in recent years, how to strengthen Mexican law enforcement and the judicial system, they are a critical component to Mexico getting a handle on that drug trafficking situation, and also how to better include the border towns in the security planning.

Those border towns are taking the brunt of the violence in the drug war, particularly on the Mexican side of the fence.

Now this meeting was planned long before the killings in Juarez recently of two Americans and a Mexican man associated with the U-S consulate there, but those killings have certainly brought the issue into sharp focus for the meeting today.

These meetings come as the violence is spreading throughout Mexico.

 

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