U.S. to Boost Aid for Mexican War on Drug Cartels
17 Apr 09 | FT
Barack Obama yesterday promised to step up backing for Mexico’s war on drug cartels, acknowledging the US shared responsibility for the wave of violence along the countries’ border.
The US president vowed to accelerate aid to help Mexico clamp down on drug gangs and to close loopholes in US gun laws to stem the flow of arms across the border.
He also promised to push the Senate to ratify an arms-trafficking treaty the US signed 12 years ago but never enforced. The pledges follow talks with Felipe Calderón, Mexico’s president, during a three-day trip by Mr Obama to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mexico has recently surged up Washington’s foreign policy agenda as drug-related violence threatens to destabilise the country and spill into US border areas.
Mr Obama said: “I will not pretend that this is Mexico’s responsibility alone. Demand for these drugs in the US is what is keeping these cartels in business. This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the US. We have to do our part.” >>>