Mexico Concerned About Funding for Trafficking Battle

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican government is concerned about
getting less funding for its battle against drug trafficking under
a bill passed by the U.S. House.

Deputy Secretary of Foreign Relations Carlos Rico says he is
concerned that the bill passed last week allotted $300 million for
Mexico under the so-called Merida Initiative.

That is $100 million less than originally agreed upon between
the U.S. and Mexican governments.

Rico says the Mexican government will be "very attentive in the
next days to see what the Senate decides." He spoke Wednesday to
Mexican lawmakers.

The Merida Initiative aims to help Mexico acquire equipment for
the drug battle and improve its police and judicial institutions.

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