Mexico Rejects U.S. Anti-Drug Certification!

Mexico Rejects U.S. Anti-Drug Certification!
Posted by FoM on January 08, 1999 at 08:16:36 PT

MEXICO CITY The Mexican government Thursday again criticized the United States' annual unilateral certification process, saying it has obstructed trust and bilateral cooperation against drug trafficking. 
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalled that the Mexico-U.S. high-level anti-drug contact group had agreed that drug trafficking was a multilateral problem, and that it could only be eradicated by global measures based on respectful cooperation. The ministry said that during the group's latest meeting, participants ratified their firm decision to eliminate distrust in anti-drug actions and in combating money laundering. It said that Mexico maintained technological development and information exchange programs with other countries to fight drug trafficking, including satellite monitoring of the destruction of illegal drug plantations. Fernando Solana, the president of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, said the U.S. government should take its responsibi lity in fighting drugs on its own territory. Solana said that while 16,000 Mexican army troops were assigned to destroy marijuana plantations, the planting and harvesting of the weed has been legalized in several U.S. states. 
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