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NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico -- President Vicente Fox has met with
several governors from northern Mexico, promising to help them battle
drug smuggling and support them in their fight with the United States
``I'm very proud to see Mexican culture flourish in the northern
part of the country, and in front of the United States,'' Fox said.
``I believe that it is necessary that we continue working to
construct step by step a Mexico that we all want.''
Fox met with governors Tomas Yarrington of Tamaulipas, Enrique
Martinez of Coahuila, Fernando Canales of Nuevo Leon, Patricio
Martinez of Chihuahua and Angel Nunez of Hidalgo.
With first lady Martha Sahagun seated behind him on his horse, Fox
rode six miles with the governors and many others as part of the
The governors have asked for help in the fight against drug
smuggling and other organized crime, and have complained to the
federal government about their lack of water.
Fox, who has launched his own fight against the drug trade by
arresting several prominent drug lords, promised that officials would
soon see the results ``of this joining of forces to defeat a common
enemy, to restore security in all parts, and assure the liberties
that today allow us to be who we are: a successful country, a country
The United States says Mexico owes it 1.4 million acre-feet of
water under a 1944 water treaty, but Mexico says it doesn't have the
water to return. The treaty requires Mexico to release 350,000
acre-feet through the Rio Grande annually, but the country has not
done so since 1992.
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