Jul 6, 2012

Mexico’s president-elect wants close security ties with U.S., with limits

Enrique Peña Nieto plans to expand Mexico's partnership with the United States in training and intelligence in the drug war, without armed American agents in Mexico. Success against drug trafficking will be measured, not in the number of of people captured or drugs seized, but by a decrease in death toll of victims. Pena did not criticize the gun laws in the U.S.

Washington Post: Mexico city — The president-elect of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, said in an interview Thursday that he wants to expand his country’s drug-war partnership with the United States but that he would not support the presence of armed American agents in Mexico.

Peña Nieto said he would consider hosting U.S. military instructors on Mexican soil, but in a training capacity only, to help his soldiers and marines benefit from U.S. counterinsurgency tactics learned in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He also approves of the continuation of flights by U.S. surveillance drones over Mexico to gather intelligence on drug trafficking, but future missions would be run by Mexico with U.S. assistance and technology, he said. Read more.

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