Mexico increasing border security

| 2/12/2003

Mexico says it is increasing security along its borders and at oil installations to guard against possible terrorist attacks in the event of war in Iraq, Voice of America reported.

Mexico is one of the world's top oil producers and one of the leading oil exporters to the United States.

In an interview Feb. 9 with Mexico's state news agency, Attorney General Rafael Macedo said the higher security was a "natural defense mechanism" given that a conflict with Iraq could create impacts around the world.

Meanwhile, U.S. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge and Mexican Interior Secretary Santiago Creel held talks in Washington last month on improving border security. A nonpermanent member of the U.N. Security Council, Mexico supports giving the U.N. arms inspectors more time to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.