Mexican President AMLO on Cartels: ‘War Not an Option’

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
By Paul Martin

6 Nov 2019

In the aftermath of a cartel massacre that killed nine Americans driving through the mountainous region south of the New Mexico border, Mexico’s president said that going to “war” with cartels is not an option.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) made the statement on Wednesday morning during his daily press conference. The comment comes at a time when pressure continues to mount over the perception that Mexico has gone soft on security issues.

“War is the most irrational thing there can be and that is not going to be an option,” Lopez Obrador said.
The follows soon after a group of cartel gunmen presumably with “La Linea” faction of the Juarez Cartel murdered three women and six children while injuring six others. One day after the massacre, President Donald Trump reached out to AMLO initially via Twitter to offer any needed resources for “war” against cartels.

“He offered help and he stated that he will be ready to any call for help from us in that matter,” Lopez Obrador said, “I thanked him for his interest in participating in this issue and I thanked him for being respectful of our sovereignty.”

Going to war was tried in the past and it only brought more violence and death, Lopez Obrador argued. In regard to criticism from U.S. politicians and pundits, AMLO said he respects their vision, but he does not share it.

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