Ebrard leads debate on arms trafficking in the Security Council

Mexico City. Mexico will lead this Monday in the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) the open debate “The impact of diversion and arms trafficking for peace and security”, in which Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard Casaubón will expose the need combat illegal arms trafficking.



Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will present the need to combat illegal arms trafficking in the UN Security Council.  Photo Marco Peláez / Archive


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Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard will present the need to combat illegal arms trafficking in the UN Security Council. Photo Marco Peláez / Archive

The Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE) reported that this debate will take place within the framework of Mexico’s presidency in the Security Council and with the objective of “calling on member countries, permanent and non-permanent, to strengthen cooperation and joint action to prevent and counteract illegal practices in the small arms and light weapons market ”.

The debate will take place at the UN headquarters in New York, days after the Presidents of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the United States, Joseph Biden, and the Prime Minister of Canada, at the North American Leaders Summit, Justin Trudeau, pledged to protect their communities from the harm caused by gun trafficking.

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Additionally, the Foreign Ministry reported that the Massachusetts Court, where the Mexican government filed its lawsuit against the US arms industry, called on the companies involved to present their response to the accusations made, no later than this Monday, November 22.

The Mexican government anticipates that this response contains arguments such as questioning whether our Foreign Ministry “can sue in the United States, pointing out that US law grants them immunity against civil claims for damages, and holding the Government of Mexico responsible for the damages described in the litigation. . “

The SRE affirmed that it is prepared to respond to this response from the defendants, for which, according to the calendar authorized at the beginning of the process, it will have a deadline that expires on January 31 of next year.

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