Ensures that its main objective is the safety of Mexicans, in combating crime. Rejects the concept of “war”
In an interview with Russian Television, while participating in the APEC forum, the president said that “it has brought a fateful consequence to Mexico and other nations. If America consume far less drugs, we would have far fewer problems. “
He noted that the term “war on drugs” he does not like, “because my main goal is not drugs. What I want for Mexico is a state of law, a place where the law is enforced, which is enforced and where families are safe. “
He acknowledged that the problem of violence due to territorial control of criminal gangs, now not only exported to America, but seek to place their goods in Latin America, which leads them “to a struggle for territorial control”, generating more violence .
“Difficult, being a neighbor of the U.S.”
The President spoke on the Russian television that if the U.S. consume less drugs “we would have less problems”
President Felipe Calderon took up the phrase of Porfirio Diaz ”Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States” to recognize that the relationship with its northern neighbor is complicated and that “it is a problem that live next to the biggest drug consumer in the world and everyone wants to sell drugs through your door or in your window. “
He said his priority is not to eliminate drugs, but to create safe conditions for families, for the problem of drug trafficking in Mexico is that “America is the largest consumer of drugs in the world.”
“If the United States consumed far less drug, we would have far less problems,” he said.
In an interview with Russian Television (Russian Television ) broadcast yesterday, the Federal Executive hoped that Enrique Peña Nieto will have a general government will continue with the tasks in this administration pushed.
“On security, he has said he will support efforts to modernize the institutions and combating organized crime, I hope so,” said the president to the question about what direction the country will take the next presidential relay 1 December.
He argued that such continuity expected because “Mexicans rest day that police have reliable when banish corruption in general, but particularly of the police forces and prosecutors and judges. And in that sense is the biggest challenge. “
Asked about the proximity to the United States, Calderon said he had “a very good relationship” with his counterpart staff Barack Obama, even though he admitted that the link has always been and will be historically complex between the two governments.
The President described as “complicated and sometimes tense” relations between Mexico and the United States.
“There was a President over a hundred years ago that had a phrase that became famous and say, ‘Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States’. I think, however, that the very proximity to the U.S., it does bring a complexity of problems, also brought us very clear benefits, it’s just a great economic advantage, at least, have the world’s largest market, the greater consumer in the world right on your doorstep “, said input.
Then, it is also assumed that the relationship entails complications in the field of migration and security.
“It is also a problem living next to the largest consumer of drugs in the world and everyone wants to sell drugs through your door or your window, and that the relationship becomes more complicated. However, we have established a constructive relationship, at least in my government, to address these problems together, “he noted.
The President expressed confidence that the U.S. electoral balance in November will not change its relationship with the government of Mexico, as happened before.
“Because there are always temptations everywhere election, parties always incur unfortunate decisions, please him suddenly to a sector that supports them,” he warned.
Felipe Calderón recalled that in the past, during the elections of the neighboring country, it was the case that if any agricultural sector had problems, sought to put political protection trade barriers against Mexico.
He noted that the Federal Executive, in the current electoral process, “fortunately these temptations have not yet been expressed.”
He expressed his expectation that this may not express these behaviors. “I do not want to intervene in the future of a decision that applies only to Americans, but I do hope that this relationship matures, co between Mexico and the United States, continue after the elections.”
Calderon also made an assessment of the social actions that prompted management to raise the quality of life of Mexicans, and concluded that this resulted in the reduction of emigrating to the United States. He said that this trend also helped the country’s economic recession.
Throughout the interview, the President stressed the idea that drug trafficking is one of the main causes in the fact that the United States “is the largest consumer of drugs in the world, and that has brought a fateful consequence for Mexico and other nations. “
Regarding the pending changes that Mexico needs, said reforms are needed, particularly well in the labor field and reducing corruption.
What’s next for Mexico?
“That’s a good question for my successor. Well, I hope that to be successful, the truth, beyond our ideological differences, Mexico requires that each stage of its history results in success, and who govern have the support, at least in substance, to address the big issues national. “
Ensures that ended his political career
Ten weeks of concluding his term, President Felipe Calderon said yesterday the Russian TV : “I’ve arrived at the end of the road, in a political career.”
Asked by journalist Jelena Millincic about his immediate future, the federal Executive expressed his expectation to live many years. He joked that with the help of medical science would like to reach the centennial, and outlined several activities they devote their time after December 1.
He spoke of his pending reads and how much he cares now devote their three teenage children (Mary, Luis Felipe and Juan Pablo), and their interest in the academy and the role of public policy advisor.
Calderon said in its response that the policy will remain part of their exercise of citizenship, a vision he learned from his father since childhood.
He defined politics as a service activity, being aimed at the common good.
“So I hope as a citizen to make policy that manages the common good and in that sense will keep working for Mexico,” forward.
He explained that in the country as “no reelection, presidents and we cannot reelect, or within six, 12 or 18 years, so I already got that way down the road to a political career. That (the President) is the highest office to which they can aspire. “
Calderón recalled that in August reached its half century of life. “And I intend to live another 50 more, and I live them well, or at least close, I hope that science can give us the opportunity to extend our lifespan.”
While said it would seek a life intense, the Federal Executive said: “I do not know exactly what I will do.”
Calderón traveled to this city on the Russian border with Asia, the last station of the Trans-Siberian Railway, to participate in the Forum of the 21 economies with access to the Pacific.
The president called it passes through Los Pinos as “a wonderful experience”.
The President also aired his plans to combine professional and family activities:
“I hope I’m probably in the academy for a while, writing, teaching, and reading. I have read many books. And being a little closer to my children (…) are becoming teenagers and I have to be very close to them. “
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