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Mexican President Felipe Calderon has rejected accusations that a lack of coordination in Mexico is undermining the fight against drug cartels, saying rivalry within U.S. intelligence agencies is to blame.

President Calderon made the comments in an interview published Tuesday in Mexico’s El Universal newspaper.

The Mexican leader told the paper the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Central Intelligence Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement do not coordinate with each other on security matters, and said the agencies were rivals.

President Calderon also said U.S. President Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, had shown a willingness to help fight Mexico’s drug war. But he said cooperation at an institutional level has been notoriously insufficient. He called for the U.S. to cooperate in reducing drug consumption and in putting a stop to the flow of arms to Mexican drug gangs.

Source: Voice of America News

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