National/International: Secretary of the Interior Reaffirms that There is No Narco-terrorism in Mexico Following Trump’s Threat to Add Mexican cartels to List of Terrorist Organizations

OlgaOlga Sanchez Cordero (@Periodico Palacio)

On December 3rd, the Secretary of the Interior, Olga Sanchez Cordero, reaffirmed that there is no element to consider criminal groups that operate in Mexico as narco-terrorists, as suggested by the President of the United States (Donald), Donald Trump: “I would not like or accept the terminology ‘narcoterrorism’; (in Mexico) we have, yes, criminal groups; we have organized crime, yes; we have drug cartels, yes, but all within the framework of crime, not narco-terrorism,” she stressed.

It should be remembered that at the end of December, in a television interview, Donald Trump announced that he would declare Mexican drug cartels as terrorists, which would enable the United States to take direct actions and certain liberties to curb their progress. While it is known that the Le Baron family, with dual Mexican and North American nationality, requested the United States government to catalog Mexican drug trafficking as terrorism after last November 4th saw the murder of nine members of the family (three women and six children) in an armed attack on the limits of Chihuahua and Sonora, Trump declared that “they will be designated (…) I have been working on that for the past 90 days. You know, designation is not that easy, you have to go through a process and we are well into that process.” This implies that the US administration has been evaluating this possibility since before the bloody attack.

Given these statements, the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said that “Mexico will never admit any action that means a violation of its national sovereignty.” He also said that “I think the United States would not go along that route because we are working together and because it would not be interested, it seems to me, to give rise to Mexico invoking the same legal principles.”

For more information in Spanish:

En el país no hay narcoterrorismo, afirma Sánchez Cordero (El Sol de México, 4 de diciembre de 2019)

En México, hay delincuencia no narcoterrorismo (El Universal, 3 de diciembre de 2019)

Sánchez Cordero: sin señales que indiquen presencia de ‘narcoterrorismo’ (La Jornada, 3 de diciembre de 2019)

México jamás aceptaría señalamientos de EU sobre narcoterrorismo: Ebrard (Proceso, 26 de noviembre de 2019)

Trump anuncia que incluirá a “los carteles” mexicanos en la lista terrorista de EE UU (The Washington Post, 27 de noviembre de 2019)

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Trump anuncia que declarará a los cárteles mexicanos como terroristas (Aristegui Noticias, 26 de diciembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: One Year of AMLO Presidency (December 5, 2019)

National: Murder Rate Rises in Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s First Semester (June 27, 2019)

National/International: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Visits Mexico (April 11, 2019)

National/International: Mexico Ranked 99th of 126 in Rule of Law Index – World Justice Project (March 12, 2019)

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