Mexico Warns It Won't Allow US Invasion Over Drug Cartels

Clay Curtis
December 1, 2019

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said he would not allow a foreign intervention following a plan by the Trump administration to designate the drug cartels based in Mexico as terrorist groups.

"I don't want to say what I'm going to do, but they will be designated", Trump said. He refused to rule out the use of drone strikes in a recent interview, however.

That said, the consequences could be enormous, and also easily exploited as an opportunity for the U.S.to deepen its overall influence over Mexico.

"Since 1914, there has been no foreign intervention in Mexico and we can not allow that", López Obrador said Friday at a regular press conference, referring to the United States occupation of the port of Veracruz 105 years ago.

Shortly after the deadly incident, Trump called on Mexico to "wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth" with the help of the U.S.

Mexico's foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard had previously said on Monday that he did not expect the United States to make such a move.

The issue became more prominent after a family of Mormons, many of whom held USA citizenship, was attacked by a cartel in Mexico on November 4, which left nine people dead, including six children.

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Mexico has been plagued by deadly violence with drug cartels and criminal gangs fighting for control of the territory. I have been working on that for the last 90 days.

Mexican officials have had several meetings with USA counterparts to discuss how to stop the arms flow, it said, adding that "satisfactory" progress has already been made.

Mexico said it would also seek a high-level meeting with U.S. officials to hear their views and present the Mexican government's concerns - which include stemming the illegal flow of American-made weapons south of the border.

The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has a large operation in Mexico, American planes routinely conduct counter-narcotics operations in Mexican airspace and US personnel work with the Mexican military - on condition that they are unarmed.

Experts say little would likely change on the ground if the USA added Mexican cartels to its terror blacklist.

For its part, Mexico has pressed the United States to classify the August shooting of 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens, in El Paso, Texas, as an act of terrorism.

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