Monday, May 18, 2009
President Calderon Promises to Keep Troops Longer in Juarez
President Calderon met with government officials in Cd. Juarez on Thursday morning, and with businessmen in the afternoon. The businessmen complained about the effect of the current security situation in Juarez. He gave a brief speech at Army Headquarters near the airport, saying "this is ground zero in the fight against drug cartels." The armed forces, which now number about 8000 troops, will remain in Juarez, not for a long time, but long enough to give the government time to purify ("depurar") state and local law enforcers, and to train new police officers.