August 27, 2011 in Nation/World

Fox proposes cartel amnesty

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Vicente Fox led Mexico from 2000 to 2006.
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 MEXICO CITY – Former President Vicente Fox suggested Friday that Mexican authorities consider calling on drug cartels for a truce and offering them amnesty.

 Fox, who served from 2000 to 2006, has since advocated legalizing drugs as a way to reduce violence.

 “I want to start a public debate on the following ideas … call on the violent groups for a truce” and “evaluate the advisability of an amnesty law,” Fox said in a speech at an anti-crime event.

 Last week, the attorney general of the violence-racked southern state of Guerrero, Alberto Lopez Rosas, drew criticism when he called on cartels to establish a truce among themselves to prevent civilian casualties in their bloody turf battles.

 Federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire rejected that idea this week, saying the gangs must be arrested and disbanded.

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