3/4/2005 - U.S. ambassador defends criticism of Mexican border crime problems
U.S. ambassador defends criticism of Mexican border crime problems
El Paso Times
MEXICO CITY � U. S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza defended his criticism of Mexico�s law enforcement efforts on the border, saying he has a responsibility to protect the safety of U.S. citizens.
Garza, who married one of Mexico�s richest businesswomen during the weekend, appeared unconcerned about the intense criticism from Mexican officials, and he assured business leaders Wednesday that �increasingly, the world appreciates President Bush�s steadfast efforts to end tyranny,� despite Bush�s continuing unpopularity in Mexico.
�With regard to the U.S.-Mexico border, I want to reiterate that we have no interest in criticizing Mexico gratuitously,� Garza said in a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City.
�But where the safety and security of U.S. citizens are at stake, I will not hesitate to speak out forcefully and unequivocally. As someone who grew up in South Texas, I recognize that the safety of that region is a shared responsibility.�
In January, the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory alerting citizens to recent drug-trafficking and kidnapping violence on the Mexican side of the border.
Soon after, Garza sent an open letter to Mexican officials criticizing local law enforcement�s progress against border crime and saying the lack of security along the border could have a �chilling� effect on trade and tourism.
President Vicente Fox later said Garza�s letter went too far.
Garza also commented Wednesday on Mexico�s economy. He said the nation needs to develop stronger government-private sector relations to advance its position in the global marketplace.
Garza also stressed the importance of generating economic growth in Mexico�s poor and neglected regions. He said it was important to establish social entrepreneurship that can develop strong, local market networks to serve low-income communities.The government and the NEWS should reflect, not determine, the desires of the people.The news is to be reported not to sway opinion. Stop the melodrama and constant trivia on news time. The founding fathers knew that government is always corrupt, that is why they gave us civil liberties. The people must lead to survive corrupt governments. Read the constitution. (In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this includes information for research and educational purposes.) Al Soto (c) 2005
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