With five months remaining before the U.S. Congress must once again
decide whether to give approval of President Clinton's recommendations
as to which nations to "certify" as allies in the War on Drugs,
Mexico's status has been brought into question. In a statement released
this week, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Paul Coverdell (R-GA) said,
"(i)t is not at all clear that Mexico will earn certification next
The process of certification has been criticized throughout Latin America
as arrogant, demeaning and politically, rather than objectively, determined.
A nation that is not certified as a sufficiently staunch ally in the US
War faces the prospect of an end to US aid and an automatic "no"
vote by the US on loans from the World Bank.
The statement listed a lack of extraditions to the US, the lack of high
profile arrests, widespread corruption and a continued Mexican policy against
allowing U.S. anti- narcotics agents to carry arms within Mexico as the
reasons for their discontent. The report concluded, "Mexican authorities
must take swift and comprehensive action to produce real results. Absent
these signs of progress, it will be nearly impossible to make the case
that Mexico has fully cooperated with the United States by March 1."
In response to the report, Mexican President Zedillo called for the
U.S. to foot some of the bill for "the mess" that U.S. policy
has made of his country. Zedillo, alluding to Mexico's geographical location
between the world's largest heroin and cocaine producing regions and the
U.S., the world's largest consumer of these products, lamented his nation's
role as a "sandwich" being squeezed from above with little or
You can e-mail Senators Feinstein and Coverdell at [email protected]
and [email protected].
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Issue #16, 10/24/97
11th International Conference on Drug Policy Reform | House Passes Bill Demanding Accountability: And the White House doesn't Like it a Bit | US Senators Question Mexican Certification | Referendum to Halt Recriminalization of Marijuana Qualifies for Oregon Ballot | Medical Marijuana Initiative Filed in Colorado | Mothers March on New Jersey State Capitol for Needle Exchange | Prohibition-Related Murder on Campus on Tennessee State University | William F. Buckley on Marijuana Myths | News from the UK | Link of the Week: Bringing realism and quality research to the Latin America debate | Editorial: Congressional Drug Warriors call for accountability and results... Hey, maybe they're on to something
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