Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe predicted that his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderón’s controversial efforts to combat the drug cartels with the military will be successful. “When you live in a country like Colombia that has already faced that intense fight against crime, one is very happy to see efforts like those of President Calderón,” Uribe told business leaders in the Mexican industrial city of Monterrey Nov. 9.
Uribe boasted of Colombia’s own work to slow the flow of drugs and assist US prosecutors, noting that his government has carried out some 900 extraditions since he took office.
The business conference Uribe attended in Monterrey also addressed energy issues, the significance of growing Asian markets, and US policy under a newly elected President Barack Obama. (AP, Nov. 9)