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President Felipe Calderon: Has his last year in office

opened the verbal floodgates?

 

 

El Universal, Venezuela

Calderon Says U.S. Diplomats 'Exaggerate;' U.S. Agencies 'Lack Coordination'

 

"They [U.S. diplomats] always want to raise their own agendas with their own bosses, and they've done a lot of damage with the stories they tell, because the truth is, they distort if there is a lack of coordination among security agencies, it is in the United States. The truth is that they don't coordinate with each other - they are competitors."

 

Translated By Miguel Gutierrez

 

February 22, 2011

 

Venezuela - El Universal - Original Article (Spanish)

The guns, drugs and money keep on flowing: Julian Zapata Espinoza, also known as 'El Piolín' of the Los Zetas cartel, arrested in connection with the killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata last week, Feb. 23.

 

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Mexico City: In regard to U.S. security agencies, President Felipe Calderon said in an interview published today by El Universal of Mexico, "Yes there is a lack of coordination," and the Mexican has no response to a U.S. diplomatic cable disclosed last December by WikiLeaks.

 

The chief of state said that in these cables, "(U.S.) ambassadors or who wrote about him in the cables pour lots of sour cream on their tacos (they exaggerate). They always want to raise their own agendas with their own bosses, and they've done a lot of damage with the stories they tell, because the truth is, they distort,'" the president said.

 

The leaked cables allegedly reveal that a former senior Mexican official, during a meeting with representatives of the U.S. Attorney General in October 2009, hinted that due to drug trafficking, the government had lost control over certain parts of the country.

 

Another cable, signed by current U.S ambassador to Mexico, Carlos Pascual, reveals Washington's lack of confidence in its neighbor to effectively combat drug trafficking due to the rivalry and lack of coordination between security agencies, "generalized" official corruption and an incapacity on the part of the Army to collect evidence incriminating the people it arrests.

 

"The (cables) that spoke of the lack of coordination between different agencies. I don't have to tell U.S. ambassadors how many times I meet with the Security Cabinet or what I say. The truth is that it's none of their business," Calderon asserted to the Mexican newspaper.

 

"I don't accept nor tolerate any kind of intervention," he said.

 

"The ignorance of the gentleman translates into a distortion of what is occurring in Mexico that has had an impact and irritates our team," Calderon said, in an apparent reference to the ambassador from the United States.

 

According to the president, "if there is a lack of coordination among security agencies, it is in the United States."

 

"We see that the DEA, the CIA, and ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) always have a policy of passing the buck without getting results. The truth is that they don't coordinate with each other - they are competitors."

 

For the Mexican president, cooperation with the U.S. in the fight against organized crime "turns out to be notoriously insufficient."

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The authorities in the United States must cooperate, "in reducing the consumption of drugs," but "they haven't reduced it." And secondly, they have to "stop the flow of arms," but they "haven't reduced it;" instead "it has increased," he said.

 

On the other hand, the president criticized the lack of responsibility on the part of some of the 32 states of Mexico in the fight against organized crime, which prefer to "throw the ball (the responsibility) to the president of the republic" than do the work they are supposed to do.

 

The president, who ends his term in December, 2012, confessed that, "I would like to be remembered as a president who transformed Mexico; a president who initiated lots of turning points; a president who achieved universal health coverage; and finally, a president who was committed to the environment, which is my favorite subject."

 

However, he said that, "politics is shortsighted and terribly unfair."

 

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