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Mexico's Fox Offers Security Checks

Wednesday, 11 April 2001 12:00 AM

"We want to reverse the unhappy history of intelligence-sharing ... we can learn so much faster and be much more effective if we could share intelligence," said Aguilar Zinser, Fox's national security adviser.

Aguilar Zinser is scheduled to deliver an outline of the proposal at a meeting Wednesday with Attorney General John Ashcroft. Aguilar Zinser added: "Let's do this together. If they fool us, they fool all of us."

Fox's plan for cooperative security clearances is the latest example of his breaking with Mexican policies in place for decades, the Post reported.

Fox, whose election last July ended 71 years of uninterrupted rule by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, already has changed long-standing practice by allowing extradition of Mexican criminal suspects and offering to do more to reduce the number of Mexicans crossing illegally into the United States.

"It's all about building trust, and trust is not built with speeches or good intentions of high officials, but in the proof of action," said Aguilar Zinser, who will also meet with national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and officials at the Pentagon and Drug Enforcement Administration on his two-day trip to Washington.

Aguilar Zinser said that in exchange for his country's intensified focus on drugs, a top U.S. priority, Mexico would like the United States to pay more attention to issues of critical concern to Mexico. He said, for instance, that Mexico was plagued by guns entering from the United States. He also said that U.S. officials had done little to stop contraband products, from clothes to toys, flowing from the United States into Mexico.

"We want the U.S. to be more sensitive to our national interests so we can be more responsive to the United States," he said.

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