By MIGUEL MENDONÁN/THE NEW YORK TIMESA cartel of Mexican drug lords and armed men are using the border with Mexico to smuggle weapons and money to the United States, a senior U. N. official said Thursday.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The United Nations has previously accused Mexican drug cartels of using the northern border as a shipping route for narcotics.
Mexico’s U. S.-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has also criticized the use of the southern border for smuggling.
The United Nations Security Council is due to meet in mid-June to discuss a resolution on how to curb drug trafficking and corruption.
U.S. Ambassador to the U. Nations Nikki Haley has called the issue a “top priority” and the administration has said it will support the Security Council resolution.
But the issue has been a sticking point in recent years because of the way Mexico and the United Nations operate.
In the past, Mexico has insisted that any U.s. officials who visit the border are subject to security checks.
In a rare exception, Mexican officials have allowed U. s. diplomats to visit border areas in recent months, even though the country does not share the same borders as the United Kingdom and France.
But Mexico has not always complied with that request, leading to some frustration from Washington.
The Mexican government has been more aggressive in recent weeks, even threatening to close the border and detain U. ns. officials.
In recent weeks Mexico has moved troops into its territory and announced it will close the northern entrance to the country, a move that has caused tensions with Washington.
Last week, Mexico’s National Guard ordered more than 400 people from U .
S. diplomatic missions to leave their homes and camps along the northern Mexico border, a step that is believed to be related to the investigation of the deadly 2014 attack on the U .
Consulate in Mexico City.