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Mexico to follow Colombia’s lead on drug control

posted by Simon Willis

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The Mexican government will aim to follow the lead of Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking, according to the country’s elected president.

Enrique Peña Nieto, who met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday, will take office in Mexico on December 1 and he has already revealed his desire to learn from Colombia’s strategy on drug control.

Several drug cartels are currently in the midst of a fierce fight for power in Mexico, leading to continued violence which has allegedly left at least 55,000 people dead in six years.

Peña Nieto will succeed current Mexican President Felipe Calderon and he has already made reducing drug violence a top priority of his new government.

“Work in Colombia will certainly be a reference to integrate a new strategy and an adjustment to the work in this area,” said Peña Nieto, according to Caracol Radio.

The current peace process between the Colombian government and the country’s largest rebel group FARC was also praised by the next Mexican president, who expressed his desires for a successful end to the talks.

“I want to express my wishes of success to move from this effort and provide greater security to Colombia in a greater effort to achieve full peace in the country,” added Peña Nieto.

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