June 23, 2021

U.S. help sought in drug war

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Saturday that drug traffickers’ threats against his government would not stop a military crackdown against them, and he demanded that the United States do more to fight the sale and consumption of drugs domestically. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press aboard his presidential plane, Calderon said he would push President George W. Bush to respect migrant rights and do more against drugs in the U.S. when the two meet Tuesday in the colonial city of Merida, Mexico. “We are, at the end of the day, putting our lives on the line in this battle, and the United States has to come up with something that is more than symbolic gestures, much more,” Calderon said. “Mexico can’t diminish the availability of drugs while the U.S. hasn’t reduced its demand. It’s an elemental equation.” Calderon said members of the federal government have received threats from drug traffickers. “There have been a lot of threats – whether they have been false or real – but they won’t stop us from taking action,” he said during his return from a visit to southern Chiapas state, where he marked his first 100 days in office. Hoping to end a bloody turf war between cartels, Calderon has sent thousands of troops and federal police to areas controlled by drug traffickers, including Mexican cities along the U.S. border, his home state of Michoacan, and the Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco. He also began extraditing drug lords to face justice north of the border, something that the United States had urged Mexico to do for years. The Mexican leader criticized the U.S. decision to extend walls along its southern border and called for U.S. assistance in improving Mexico’s economy. “Mexico should be prosperous and not require its people to leave,” he said. But he said nothing could completely stem the flow of Mexicans northward. “No amount of jobs or investment can stop it completely,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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