Earlier this week CNN reported that the U.S. vice president Joe Biden visited Mexico real estate to meet with current president Felipe Calderon and three of the top candidates running to replace him in elections that will be held later this year. The two-day visit focused on increasing cooperation between the two governments on issues that are important to both the United States and Mexico,including gun trafficking and drug violence along the border.
In a recent speech in Ciudad Juarez,Mexico,Calderon highlighted the role that the United States has played in gun trafficking across the border,and discussed ways in which Americans could help put an end to the violence.
“One of the main factors that allows criminals to strengthen themselves is the unlimited access to high-powered weapons,which are sold freely,and also indiscriminately,in the United States of America,” stated Calderon.
Biden also visited with the top three candidates running to replace Calderon as president of Mexico. This includes Josefina Vazquez Mota,who would be Mexico’s first female president,Andres Manual Lopez Obrador,who is the former mayor of Mexico City,and Enrique Peña Nieto,who is a former governor. The issues discussed during Biden’s visit are also expected to be key in July’s presidential election.
Biden’s visit follows a meeting between U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano met with Mexico’s Interior Minister last week to discuss the fact that the drug war is destined to be successful thanks to cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico,and that the leader of Mexico’s crime organization,Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman,will be brought down.
Furthermore,the U.S. has admitted that its insatiable desire for drugs has fueled the violence in Mexico,and has pledged to give $1.4 billion in aid through the new Merida Initiative,which will fund programs to help train police,military and justice officials in ways to stop the violence and end the war on drugs.