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U.S. Reviews Mexican Effort To Fight Drugs

The Clinton administration is considering whether to remove Mexico from its list of countries making progress in fighting the drug trade, after receiving reports that cartels are on the rise there.

Mexico is one of 31 countries under review by the Justice and State departments under the Foreign Assistance Act, said a White House official who spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity.

That law requires the president to certify, by March 1, which nations are cooperating with efforts to curb drug trafficking.

“Mexico is a concern for the administration,” the official said.

The Mexican government protested the review Sunday, saying the United States should place more emphasis on reducing the demand for drugs which is fueling the drug trade.

“The Mexican government considers this as an interventionist practice in the internal affairs of the states,” said Jorge Pinto, Mexico’s consul general in New York.

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