Penny Starr
November 25, 2008

Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo said he and his countrymen “regret” and “resent” the construction of a security fence on the border between the United States and Mexico and called for more “intelligent” security between the two countries on Monday.

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Zedillo also blamed drug violence largely on Americans’ use of illegal drugs

“I personally find (the fence) profoundly offensive,” said Zedillo, co-chairman of the Brookings Institution’s Partnership for the Americas Commission, which released its report “Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations” on Monday.

Zedillo told that the United States needs to have a “frank discussion” about the role domestic drug consumption plays in the ongoing violence on both sides of the border.

“The point we are making in this report is that the present strategy to combat drug trafficking is failing,” said Zedillo, who appeared at the panel discussion with the co-chairman of the commission, former U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas R. Pickering.

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