Drug Control: U.S.-Mexican Counternarcotics Efforts Face Difficult Challenges

NSIAD-98-154 Published: Jun 30, 1998. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1998.
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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided an update on the status of counternarcotics activities in Mexico, focusing on: (1) the nature of the drug threat from Mexico; (2) the progress that Mexico has made in improving its counternarcotics efforts; (3) issues related to the provision of U.S. counternarcotics assistance to the Mexican military; and (4) the plans that the U.S. government has to assess the effectiveness of U.S. and Mexican counternarcotics efforts.

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Recommendations for Executive Action

Agency Affected Recommendation Status
Department of State The Secretary of State, in close coordination with the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council, should take steps to ensure that future counternarcotics assistance provided to Mexico, to the maximum extent possible, meets the needs of the Mexican military and that adequate support resources are available to maximize the benefits of the assistance.
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In concurring with the GAO recommendation, the State Department said that it was working continually to improve staff and interagency coordination to form assistance packages that provide aid that most appropriately fits Mexico's needs. In communications with the U.S. embassy in Mexico, State Department officials have emphasized the importance of setting priorities on prospective requests for aid.

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