The Mexican federal government is readying the withdrawal of armed forces from the states where police institutions have been strengthened to protect and guarantee the security of citizens, assured Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong.
Without yet giving a precise date he pointed out that after the Army, the armed Navy and even the Federal Police, all return to their quarters, a second stage of the integral security strategy will start.
This came after he headed a state security meeting in Zamora, Michoacán.
“We can soon announce some states where this has been fulfilled, and where we will be able to announce the withdrawal, the return to their naval bases and quarters of marines and soldiers”, he stated.
In a press conference, without mentioning figures, he pointed out that Michoacán registers a significant decrease in kidnappings and more than half of the culpable homicides are no longer related to organized crime.
He assured that due to actions in security there is a greater influx of tourists and hotels are near 100 percent occupied.
Michoacán governor Silvano Aureoles added that, despite progress in security, it was premature to cry victory.
“We are having very good results, but it is premature to cry victory, or celebrate just yet, but rather to see where we are standing, where work must be intensified, what must be corrected”, he declared.
The interior Secretary, for his part, concluded that work was ongoing with the legislative power to get through the Unified State Police so it could be approved in the current period of sessions.