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As the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime kicks off, Mexico is at the forefront of discussions, announcing that its internal fight against drug cartels is progressing in a positive direction. Representatives state that disabling the drug lords diminishes the effectiveness of cartels, and that since 2009 Mexico has ousted two-thirds of identified lords. A number of Mexican gangs and drug cartels have previously been labeled as transnational criminal organizations by the United States as they continue to infiltrate countries like the U.S. and Ecuador. The international community looks on with cautious optimism as President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto vows to consolidate and strengthen the country's approach to combating drug smuggling.
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