Monday, July 11, 2016



The Mexican media version.

Mexico will not pay the proposed Trump wall, Peña Nieto reiterates
In an interview to CNN he made it clear that his government would bear the cost of a wall between the two countries

07/10/2016 11:36 NOTIMEX

The president rejected any possibility that the Mexican government pays a wall as proposed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

President Enrique Peña Nieto rejected any possibility that the Mexican government pays for a wall as proposed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and denied "categorically" that Mexico expels Mexican immigrants to the United States.

In an interview with the analyst Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN's GPS program, the Mexican president said he respects the internal democratic process of the United States, but made clear that his government would not bear the cost of a wall between the two countries .

There is no way that Mexico pays for a wall like that, but that decision rests with the government of the United States, "the president said in the interview conducted in the framework of the Summit of Leaders of America in Ottawa, Canada, and transmitted Sunday in the United States.

Peña Nieto also rejected claims Trump, launched from the beginning of his presidential campaign last year, in the sense that the Mexican government is forcing Mexicans to the United States.

That is not true. I deny categorically. What is certain is that both governments are working together, have a close coordination to combat (smuggling), "he said.

Likewise, the Mexican president said he could not agree with that "generalization" that Mexicans are drug dealers, criminals or rapists.
There is no way to match comments like these, "he said.

The Mexican president said it is very important to give the proper context to the relationship between the US and Mexico.

He noted for example that few know that more than one million people legally cross the Mexico-United States border every day, thanks to the integration of the two countries and more than 370,000 trucks and cars crossing between the two countries the intensity of trade.

Peña Nieto stressed therefore the need to make clear that the prosperity and security of the United States is built from the prosperity of its neighbors.
And this is what we have built (...) a relationship of coordination, collaboration, cooperation in the security area, "he said.

Peña Nieto expressed in that sense confidence that whoever is president or president of the United States, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, would like to build better conditions and more welfare for its people.

My position is very clear. There are very respectful of who is elected who wants to build a constructive and positive relationship with Mexico, "he said.

In terms of internal security in Mexico, Peña Nieto said that there has been progress, although challenges remain.

On the status of extradition of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, the Mexican president said they have the will to extradite, describing him as an individual "highly dangerous" and hoped that the end of the process he will be delivered to United States .

Regarding the Amnesty International report on the situation of human rights in Mexico, Peña Nieto said as "wrong" any statement in the sense that Mexico is a country where human rights and freedoms are not respected and stressed that progress has been made, although challenges remain in the field.

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The CNN version:

'No way' Mexico will pay for wall, its leader says
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By Ashley Fantz, CNN
Updated 3:57 PM ET, Sun July 10, 2016

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Mexican president: 'No way' we pay for Trump's wall

Mexico's president responds to Trump calling Mexicans "rapists" by saying Trump generalizes
Mexico supportive of extraditing to the U.S. cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

(CNN)Mexico's president said Sunday that there is "no way" his country would ever pay for a wall between it and the United States.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Enrique Peña Nieto shot down Donald Trump's campaign promise that he's going to build a wall and Mexico will foot the bill.

Peña Nieto stressed that economic and social prosperity on both sides of the border relies on a firm relationship between Mexico and the United States.
"We also have to bear in mind that the security of the United States is linked with the security of its neighboring countries," he said. "And this is what we have built. And I'll say it again, this is what we have been doing with the U.S. government. We have a relationship of coordination, of collaboration and of cooperation in the area of security, precisely in order to have security in Mexico, to have security in the U.S. and ... we are journey companions. We are strategic partners working for security in North America."

"There is no way that Mexico can pay [for] a wall like that," he said.
Zakaria asked the Mexican president how he felt about the presumptive Republican nominee's characterization of Mexicans.
In New York in June 2015, while announcing his run for president, Trump said: "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
"I cannot agree with such a generalization for Mexicans," said Peña Nieto. "There is no way to agree with comments like these which describe all Mexicans in such a way."

There are criminals in every country, the leader said, and "we need to fight and apply the full extent of the law" in bringing those people to justice.

But Mexico and the United States are "largely integrated" with one another.
"Not many people know, for instance, that every single day, 1 million people cross the border between Mexico and the U.S. and they do it legally -- every single day -- one million people cross the border from the U.S. into Mexico and from Mexico into the U.S.," the President said.

Commerce between the nations is critical, he said. More than 370,000 trucks and cars cross the borders.
While there has been intense rhetoric used during the presidential campaigns about immigration, the Pew Research Center has found that over the past decade Mexican migration to the United States has slowed dramatically.

From 1965 to 2015, more than 16 million Mexicans migrated to the United States in one of the largest mass migrations in modern history, according to Pew. But over the past decade, Mexican migration has slowed dramatically. Today, Mexico increasingly serves as a land bridge for Central American immigrants traveling to the United States.

Pew reports that more Mexicans left than came to the United States since the end of the Great Recession. Between 2009 and 2014, 870,000 Mexican nationals left Mexico to come to America, down from the 2.9 million who left Mexico between 1995 and 2000.

Peña Nieto stressed that he is "respectful on the democratic process" taking place in the United States now as the country elects its next president.
"I believe that any of the candidates, Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump, I'm sure that both of them would like to build good conditions and better wellness for their people," he said. "We are very respectful to whomever is elected. We want to build a positive and constructive relation among Mexico and to whomever becomes president of United States."

A relationship tested by 'El Chapo'
Relations between Mexico and the United States have faced strain over the drug war, in particular the hunt, capture and repeated escapes of kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
The notorious Sinaloa cartel boss has been a wanted man on both sides of the border for years. In Brooklyn, he and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The traffickers also are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs from various Colombian drug organizations.
The indictments allege Guzman and others cartel bosses employed "sicarios," or hit men, to carry out hundreds of acts of violence in Mexico, including murders, kidnappings, tortures and violent collections of drug debts, according to federal prosecutors.

Mexico intends to extradite Guzman and is working on a process to make that happen, said Peña Nieto. Guzman's lawyers are appealing a May ruling ordering the transfer.

Zakaria asked how the president thinks Guzman managed to escape prison in Mexico.
In 2001, Guzman broke out of a maximum-security prison by reportedly hiding in a laundry cart.
In 2015, he escaped again through a prison shower which led into a vast underground tunnel.

He was recaptured in January 2016 in his native Sinaloa state after a shootout that killed six of his people. Actor Sean Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo had traveled to Mexico last October to interview Guzman for a story that appeared in Rolling Stone. Before the public knew about the interview, two U.S. law enforcement officials said the tracking of cell phones and electronic exchanges of people close to Guzman led to his recapture.

Mexican authorities said they got Guzman partly because his representatives contacted filmmakers and actors about making a biopic of his life.
Peña Nieto said he didn't know how the cartel leader escaped in 2015. "Anything that I would say would be pure speculation," he said. "But what matters to me is that he is in prison. What matters to me is to know that we recaptured him. In a three-year span, we captured him once and we captured him again."
He said that the government is investigating who might have helped Guzman.

Zakaria asked Peña Nieto whether he envisioned the battle against the drug cartels lessening in the next several years.
"I don't know if these battles will ever come to an end," the president answered. "But what I can tell you is that this administration has been able to revert the growing trend of insecurity that our country had in 2012. The number of malicious crimes such as murders, kidnappings and extortions have come down."

Peña Nieto acknowledged that "some regions" in Mexico continue to face security problems.
"But in general terms, I would say that, yes, Mexico has seen progress [in fighting drug cartels]," the President said. "Yes, we have provided more security to our people, but we still have to keep fighting in this arena."

Ray Sanchez, Nick Valencia and Evan Perez contributed to this report.


México no pagará el muro propuesto por Trump, reitera Peña Nieto
En una entrevista para la cadena CNN dejó en claro que su gobierno no sufragaría el costo de un muro entre los dos países

10/07/2016 11:36 NOTIMEX

El presidente rechazó toda posibilidad de que el gobierno mexicano pague un muro como el propuesto por el virtual candidato presidencial republicano Donald Trump.

El presidente Enrique Peña Nieto rechazó toda posibilidad de que el gobierno mexicano pague un muro como el propuesto por el virtual candidato presidencial republicano Donald Trump y negó "categóricamente" que México expulse a inmigrantes mexicanos hacia Estados Unidos.

En una entrevista con el analista Fareed Zakaría, conductor del programa GPS de la cadena CNN, el mandatario mexicano dijo ser respetuoso del proceso democrático interno de Estados Unidos, pero dejó en claro que su gobierno no sufragaría el costo de un muro entre los dos países.

No hay manera de que México pague un muro como ese, pero esa decisión le corresponde al gobierno de los Estados Unidos", afirmó el presidente en la entrevista realizada en el marco de la reciente Cumbre de Líderes de Norteamérica en Ottawa, Canadá, y transmitida este domingo en Estados Unidos.

Peña Nieto rechazó asimismo las afirmaciones de Trump, lanzadas desde el inicio de su campaña presidencial el año pasado, en el sentido de que el gobierno mexicano está forzando la salida de los mexicanos hacia Estados Unidos.

Eso no es cierto. Lo niego categóricamente. Lo que es cierto es que ambos gobiernos están trabajando juntos, tienen una estrecha coordinación para combatir (el contrabando de personas)", señaló.

De la misma forma, el presidente mexicano sostuvo que no podía coincidir con esa "generalización" de que los mexicanos son traficantes de drogas, criminales o violadores.

No hay manera de coincidir con comentarios como estos", remarcó.

El presidente mexicano comentó que es muy importante darle el contexto apropiado a la relación entre Estados Unidos y México.

Resaltó por ejemplo que pocos saben que más de un millón de personas cruzan legalmente la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México todos los días, gracias a la integración de los dos países, así como que más de 370 mil camiones y autos cruzan entre los dos países por la intensidad del comercio.

Peña Nieto destacó por ello la necesidad de dejar en claro que la prosperidad y la seguridad de Estados Unidos se construye a partir de la prosperidad de sus países vecinos.

Y esto es lo que hemos construido (...) una relación de coordinación, de colaboración, de cooperación en el área de seguridad", subrayó.

Peña Nieto expresó en ese sentido su confianza en que quien resulte presidenta o presidente de Estados Unidos, Hillary Clinton o Donald Trump, le gustaría construir mejores condiciones y más bienestar para su pueblo.

Mi posición es muy clara. Somos muy respetuosos con quien sea electo que quiera construir una relación constructiva y positiva con México", indicó.

En materia de la seguridad interna en México, Peña Nieto destacó que ha habido progresos aunque subsisten retos que se están combatiendo.

Sobre la situación del proceso de extradición de Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera, el presidente mexicano dijo que tienen la voluntad de extraditar a quien describió como un individuo de "alta peligrosidad" y confió en que al final del proceso será entregado a Estados Unidos.

En relación con el reporte de Amnistía Internacional sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en México, Peña Nieto señaló como "equivocada" cualquier afirmación en el sentido de que México es un país donde no se respetan los derecho humanos y las libertades y resaltó que se han hecho progresos aunque subsisten retos en la materia.


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