President Laura Chinchilla, her staff and members of the Poder Judicial left for México City Sunday for two days of meetings on commercial and criminal matters.
Among other acts, the president will witness Costa Rican and Mexican officials sign an extradition treaty and an agreement to exchange information on organized crime and drug trafficking.
With the president are Carlos Roverssi Rojas, acting minister of Relaciones Exteriores y Culto; Mario Zamora Cordero, minister of Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública; Mayi Antillón Guerrero, minister of Economía, Industria y Comercio; Anabel González Campabadal, minister of Comercio Exterior; Gabriela Jiménez Cruz, ambassador of Costa Rica in México, and supporting staff members.
Among the highlights of the trip Monday will be the president placing a floral offering at the memorial to México’s Niños Heroes, six teen military cadets who died unsuccessfully defending Chapultepec Castle against invading U.S. forces in 1847.
Ms. Chinchilla also will be honored with a medal and keys to the Federal District Tuesday.
The delegation also includes Jorge Chavarría Guzmán, the country’s fiscal general or chief prosecutor; Francisco Segura, deputy director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, and Walter Espinoza Espinoza, who is now a prosecutor in the organized crime section of the Ministerio Público. The presidential delegation is traveling by commercial airliner.
Ms. Chinchilla will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderón today for a private discussion and then a formal state lunch. Calderón declared war on the drug cartels when he took office and then sent the military in to trouble spots. There have been 40,000 murders as a result of cartel activity since he took office.
Costa Rica has become aware of the infiltration of Mexican drug cartels into the country with the discovery of storage areas and shipment activities of smugglers. Some killings in Costa Rica have been attributed to turf wars among cartels.
This is in addition to the presence of members of Colombian and Jamaican drug organizations.