Photo: Mexico awaits additional promised aid from the U.S.
In 2008, the U.S. government agreed to provide equipment and training for Mexico to help combat the ongoing drug violence, but despite the promised help from two administrations, less than 60 percent of that help has been received.
As the number of deaths rises, and the violence continue, U.S. officials point to the $423 million worth of aircraft, surveillance equipment, and training that has reached Mexico’s struggling security forces since December 2008. And President Obama is hoping to end an additional $500 million worth of assistance in the form of equipment and training by the end of 2011.
Mexico says delivery timelines have not been met, and only 74 percent of the spending is due to be completed by mid-2012.
Spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, Ricardo Alday says delivery of the aircraft and other equipment is “critically important,” and that “the importance of out bilateral relationship … should be the compass that allows all U.S. actors involved to comply with the promised delivery time frame.”
Six Blackhawks, a twin-engine intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and four maritime surveillance aircraft are waiting to be delivered, while only 11 of 22 aircraft have been sent to Mexico.