Mexico is not a Failed State

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03 April 2009

U.S. Sen. John Kerry: Mexico is not a failed state

ALICIA A. CALDWELL / Associated Press Writer

EL PASO, Texas - Mexico's government is being tested in its battle with powerful drug cartels but is not on the brink of being a failed state, U.S. Sen. John Kerry said Monday at a Senate field hearing about the brutal drug war that has left thousands dead.

President Felipe Calderon's government, which launched an offensive against the cartels more than a year ago, is getting stretched thin but is strong, the Massachusetts Democrat said in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez.

"I am troubled by the suggestions from some quarters that Mexico is in imminent danger of becoming a failed state," Kerry said. "Mexico is a functional democracy with a vibrate and open economy."

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