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Deployment of the National Guard officially begins

Mexico City, Mexico — The governor of Quintana Roo, along with numerous other state dignitaries, were in Mexico City Sunday for the official inauguration and deployment of la Guardia Nacional.

State governor Carlos Joaquín González celebrated the official beginning of the deployment of the National Guard, an event that included 51,915 soldiers, 12,837 sailors and 17,995 federal police.

The state leader said that in a first phase, Quintana Roo will have 320 National Guard members divided into 32 units. He says that in addition, Quintana Roo is part of the Tenth Coordination with the states of Yucatan and Campeche, an alliance that will have three battalions of the National Guard.

He highlighted the importance of the coordinated work carried out by the three levels of government in December, noting that the Single Command has been a fundamental element in the fight against insecurity in Quintana Roo.

He stressed the importance of having 800 video surveillance cameras in operation in the northern part of the state, which makes it possible to move forward in the strategy of making Quintana Roo a safe and peaceful state.

Municipal President of Benito Juárez, Mara Lezam was also at the deployment event of the National Guard in Mexico City. She says the deployment means the beginning of the pacification that the country needs, an essential element to bring peace after years of failed security strategies.

Mara Lezama says the National Guard will begin arriving in the city of Cancun in July with approximately 600 elements who will live in the Military Garrison located in the continental zone of Isla Mujeres that borders Cancun.

Cancun is among the first regions scheduled to receive members of the National Guard.

The National Guard officially began operations Sunday who will serve the entire country. The National Guard has been divided into battalions and 12 regional coordinations. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was at the official inauguration accompanied by 32 state governors and the security cabinet.