Former Mexican President Suggests Truce With Drug Cartels

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Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox has suggested that perhaps a truce should be formed between the country’s government and drug traffickers to end the ongoing drug war. According to the Associated Press, the 69-year-old announced this during an anti-crime event. “I want to start a public debate on the following ideas,” Fox said, “… call on the violent groups for a truce.”

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In addition to calling a truce with Mexico’s drug traffickers,  Fox suggested authorities should legalize drugs “at the highest level”. Since he served as Mexico’s president from 2000 to 2006, Fox has been vocal about his advocacy for legalization as a way to reduce the violence brought on by its drug war. The war is an ongoing conflict among rival drug cartels in Mexico, pulling government officials into it as well as they try to combat the trafficking of the illegal substances.

Earlier this year, renowned Mexican poet and writer, Javier Sicilia, led a caravan of Mexican families who have been affected personally by the drug wars. Sicilia's son was murdered in a crossfire between soldiers and drug cartels. "With this pain in our hearts, we’re going to march all week to the most wounded city in the country," Sicilia addressed the crowd of families who joined him on a trip to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital.

 

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Fox’s thoughts go against those of the current president’s. Calderon’s strategy of combating this issue, which has ravaged the country, involves sending troops and federal police to confront drug traffickers. Since Felipe Calderon was elected into office, an estimated 40,000 people have been killed and about 3,000 have disappeared.

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