August 10th, 2009
01:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: U.S. remains partner in fight against drug traffickers

At a press conference in Mexico Monday, President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon discussed fighting drug cartels.
At a press conference in Mexico Monday, President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon discussed fighting drug cartels.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (CNN) - President Obama said Monday the United States remains Mexico's partner in the fight against drug cartels, despite some calls in the United States to delay counter-narcotics aid because of alleged human rights violations by Mexican soldiers.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon reaffirmed his commitment to transparency and human rights in his offensive against the cartels, Obama said.

Some $100 million in anti-drug aid, known as the Merida Initiative, could be delayed because of concerns about human rights violations, it was reported last week.

"We have been very supportive of the Merida Initiative, and we remain supportive," Obama said.

Obama also said the United States would work to reduce demand for drugs and stop the illegal flow weapons south to Mexico.

The remarks came at a summit of North American leaders in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper also expressed support for Mexico's strategy, saying that the drug cartels were a problem shared by all three countries.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Randolph Carter

    Legalize, regulate and tax herb. I don't smoke it but, really, it would do a lot of good for our economy and law enforcement. Too bad no politician has the stones to take a stand on this. Have a nice day!

    August 10, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  2. Mike

    Meh... unfortunately, fighting the drug cartels has to take higher priority here. The Mexican president does not need help telling his officers to not torture civilians.

    August 10, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Careful Obama, most of those who voted for you voted for you because they thought you would give them a lot of free money and/or legalize drugs. Although you are paying lip service to attacking the drug problem, most of us realize that if you did so you would lose your core constituency and so its all hogwash, but some of them are so stoned, they may believe it and not vote for your reelection.

    August 10, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Clive

    Either come up with steps to reduce demand or legalise and regulate Marijuana. Why cannot politicians grasp the glaringly obvious – the 'war on drugs' is simply not working. So much for reforms under Obama.

    August 10, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Danny, WA

    This in-experienced guy wants to give lectures to Mexico and Canada. His radical views and communist ideas are a disgrace to our country.

    August 10, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Funny stuff

    Good comedy. We legalize heroin (call it oxy or roxy if you want) and give it to any one with a back injury that complains a lot. In the mean time Obama is concerned with drug cartels in a different country.

    How bout spending some time at home, and helping some of these medical made junkies here in the states.

    August 10, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |