Mexico urges U.S. to join drug policy 'review' (AFP)
Monday July 9th, 2012
WASHINGTON — Mexico’s incoming president Enrique Pena Nieto called Sunday for a “new debate” on the drug war raging in his country and urged the United States to play a “fundamental role” in the review.
A week after returning the once-authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power on campaign promises to reduce the violence that is blighting Mexican life, Pena Nieto said it was time for a re-evaluation.
“Yes, I do believe we should open up a new debate regarding how to wage war on drug trafficking,” the young telegenic new leader of the world’s 11th most populous country said in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
“Personally, I’m not in favor of legalizing drugs. I’m not persuaded by that as an argument,” he said. “However, let’s open up a new debate, a review in which the US plays a fundamental role in conducting this review.”