Leon Panetta says 150,000 deaths due to drug trafficking......
Leon Panetta discusses counter-narcotics strategies in Canada
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in the Canadian capital Monday, where he is expected to announce new measures to support the fight against narcotics in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
He is attending a two-day meeting in Ottawa with Canadian and Mexican defense leaders."The objective is to see how we can coordinate and support on security in ways that assist the ongoing counter-narcotics strategies in our countries," said Jay Paxton, communications director for Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay.
The efforts will build on new strategies already in place such as Operation Martillo, a joint, interagency operation led by the Pentagon's U.S. Southern Command. It aims to team up with regional law enforcement agencies as well as other government bodies to try and hunt down drug smugglers in the waters of the Caribbean and off Central America.
The so-called war on drugs has many critics, some even within government. But U.S. government officials stress that the global nature of organized crime and the bold firepower of drug cartels means no one country or agency can go it alone.
The United Nations estimates that the drug trade in the United States, Canada and Mexico is now worth at least $147 billion a year.
(TORONTO, Canada).-The Secretary of Defense United States, Leon Panetta said yesterday that, according to figures provided by officials of Mexico, a total of 150 000 people have died in the war against drug trafficking in that country.
Hours later, the government of Mexico said that disputes between criminal groups have left the 150 thousand deaths per year, but in all countries of the Americas, not just in Mexico. This information corrects the information attributed to Secretary of Defense United States, Leon Panetta. The confusion arose after the heads of the secretariats of National Defense (SEDENA), Guillermo Galvan, and Navy (Semar), Francisco Saynez, they discussed issues of common interest with their counterparts in United States and Canada in the First Trilateral Meeting of Ministers of Defence of North America, held in Ottawa, Canada. "As for the killings allegedly occurred by violence between criminal organizations, participants in this Trilateral Meeting discussed around 150 000 cases committed in America each year, not just those observed in the case of Mexico, "said the Department of Defense and Semar in a joint statement. The units recalled the Mexican federal government's commitment to transparency and accountability in safety. added that as part of this commitment, established a database of public consultation that has been widely publicized and has allowed better understand the phenomenon of organized crime in the country. According to official data from the Mexican Attorney in the first nine months of 2011 the violence between criminal gangs had left a total of 12 000 903 deaths, a figure that represents 8.2% of the 150,000 deaths across the continent. According to latest official figures released in January this year, since 2006 have killed 47 000 500 people in Mexico due to drug violence. Before, Panetta, during a press conference at the end of the first Trilateral Meeting of Ministers of Defense of America said that "obviously one of the serious threats that are facing North, Central and South America are the drug cartels and drug trafficking.