The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, claimed this Thursday before the plenary of the Third Summit of United Nations Chiefs of Police (UNCOPS) that the violence that overwhelms Mexico takes the lives of fellow citizens, and related it to drug trafficking and the manufacture of weapons.
I ask: the weapons, do we manufacture them? No. Synthetic drugs, do we consume them? Nope. The dead, do we put them? Unfortunately yes.
The speech was heard by the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization (UN), António Guterres, as well as ministers of the interior, chiefs of police and authorities of the different attending states.
The Secretary of Security stressed that part of the insecurity in Mexico has its origin in the illicit trafficking of weapons that are made in other places and that in Mexican territory generates a spiral of violence, combined with drug use.
“There are nations that face a public health problem due to the consumption of these substances,” he said.
Rodríguez Velázquez stated that the Security Strategy in Mexico prioritizes deep attention to the causes that generate violence and povertywith universal social programs, and is summed up in the motto of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador: “For the good of all, the poor first.”
Ratified Mexico’s support for the UN initiative “Action for Peacekeeping”which seeks to ensure the equal and significant participation of policewomen.
He said that Mexico is in a process of transformation since López Obrador took office as president of the Republic, “who in 2018 received a nation mired in violencea product of the so-called “war on drugs”, undertaken by previous governments.
“Today we decided that this fire must stop. We do not come to win a war, we come to win peace,” she said.
Rodríguez Velázquez explained that the strategy promotes coordination between agencies; so every day National Security Cabinet meetsheaded by the President.
“A cabinet that is not complicit with organized crime, as happened in the past“, he stressed. “Suffice it to say, as an example, that a few kilometers from here, in Brooklyn, a former Secretary of Security of Mexico is being held,” he said.
She said that in 2020, López Obrador distinguished her with the task of guaranteeing security, decision that broke paradigms by trusting a woman with the security of the country.
Because women are peace builders and we contribute a lot to peace.
In this context, the head of the Secretariat for Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC) He quoted Martin Luther King, who stated that peace “is not simply the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice”.
The secretary was accompanied by the ambassador of Mexico, Alternate Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alicia Buenrostro Massieu; the Military Attaché, Brigadier General Isaac Aarón Jesús García, and the Deputy Naval Attaché, Captain Francisco R. Hernández.