NPT Drug War: Reyes, House chairmen visit Mexican President Calderon
News release from the office of U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes:
REYES, SKELTON, AND BERMAN MEET WITH PRESIDENT FELIPE CALDERON IN MEXICO CITY
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and two other senior Chairmen today met with President Felipe Calderon in Mexico City to discuss his Administration’s ongoing efforts to combat drug-related violence along the country’s northern border. Coming at the request of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Reyes led the three-Member delegation of top national security chairs, along with House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman. The delegation met with President Felipe Calderon at Los Pinos, Mexico’s Presidential Residence and following that meeting, Chairmen Reyes and Berman observed as Chairman Skelton laid a wreath at the historic Monumento de Los Niños Heroes, a monument commemorating the 1847 Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.
Follow the jump to read Reyes’ statement.
“Today, Chairman Skelton, Chairman Berman, and I met with President Calderon to discuss his Administration’s latest efforts to dismantle Mexico’s ruthless drug cartels, whose senseless acts of violence have claimed the lives of thousands of people throughout the country, particularly along Mexico’s northern border. Our meeting today underscores Speaker Pelosi’s commitment to assist the Mexican government in this effort.
“During her visit to Mexico, Secretary Clinton reiterated that the United States has a shared responsibility for Mexico’s drug-related violence. With over 90 percent of the weapons seized in Mexico coming from the United States, we must step up our efforts to crackdown on the flow of guns and money that are smuggled from our country into Mexico.
“We continue to stand firmly with the Mexican government during this tumultuous time, and commend President Calderon for his continued courage to strengthen the rule of law and restore stability in Mexico. We will continue to work with Speaker Pelosi, our colleagues in Congress, and President Obama to support the Mexican government’s efforts to dismantle the drug cartels and reduce the violence.”