Felipe Calderón has ruled out joining forces with the United States in patrolling the border in the fight against drug trafficking. The Mexican leader affirmed that Mexico and the US do need to work together, but this does not imply shared participation in military control.
The US has bolstered security on the Mexican border after US president Barack Obama placed the war on drugs high up on the political agenda.
Both Calderón and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have acknowledged that it is the “insatiable” appetite of the US for drugs that is partly to blame for the violence occuring in Mexico.
“It’s clear that we have a problem with violence and organised crime that both countries have to confront,” Calderón replied when asked about the theme during a press conference.
Calderón, who was speaking during his visit to London, said that it was necessary for both countries to share intelligence, but that either one would be responsible for its own territory.