Mexico welcomes Merida, without human rights restrictions
“Calderon said the bill ‘was an important step in the fight against international organized crime.’ He said its passage was due in part to Mexico’s insistence that the United States share the burden in the fight against drug trafficking,” writes the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Mexico’s raging drug war claimed the lives of six more police officers, ambushed on patrol in the marijuana-rich state of Sinaloa, authorities said Friday.
The attack followed the slaying Thursday of a senior police commander, part of a long string of killings apparently aimed at eroding public confidence in the government’s ability to challenge drug gangs, reports the L.A. Times’ Tracy Wilkinson.
Last week, a report in the Christian Science Monitor questioned President Calderon’s use of the military in the fight against the country’s drug cartels – see that post here.
— Deborah Bonello in Mexico City
Mexico’s Interior Secretary and Foreign Relations Secretary Patricia Espinosa stressed that the anti-drug aid would include equipment, systems and training, not cash, and that no U.S. soldiers would be allowed to operate in Mexico as part of the plan.
“Mexico will not accept the presence of U.S. military personnel in Mexico,” Espinosa said.