U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States, with its "insatiable" demand for illegal drugs, shares responsibility for rampant drug-related violence in Mexico, along the U.S. border.
Secretary Clinton arrived in Mexico City Wednesday for high-level talks on how to battle Mexico's powerful drug cartels and a sharp increase in related violence along the border.
Clinton is meeting with President Felipe Calderon for talks that also will cover trade and other regional issues. As she traveled to the Mexican capital, Secretary Clinton said that some 30 years of U.S. efforts to curb drug demand have largely failed, including law enforcement and anti-addiction efforts.
She said U.S. drug demand and weapons smuggled from the United States are fueling Mexico's drug wars.Clinton's arrival comes one day after the Obama administration announced a plan to curb the trafficking of drugs, illegal money and weapons across the U.S.-Mexico border.