Mireya Cuellar and Antonio Heras
La Jornada Baja California and Correspondent
Newspaper La Jornada
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, p. 10
Tijuana. Mexico and the United States face many problems
difficult but, in reality, there we take it, expressed the US ambassador, Ken Salazar, during a tour of Baja California. The diplomat addressed issues such as the transfer of weapons that are later used by criminal groups or the preservation of the vaquita marina and warnings of trade sanctions against Mexico.
The problems, Salazar pointed out,
they belong to both, for example; There can be no security in the United States if there isn’t in Mexico and vice versa… this issue of weapons is a matter for both nations.
Asked about the threats of trade sanctions against Mexico for failing to protect the vaquita marina, Salazar stated that the US government has
can to enforce laws.
The vaquita and the cleanup of the Gulf (of California) is a worldwide problem because who is doing it illegally? The Chinese, some, for cultural reasons, so we have to work together.
Fishing for totoaba –an endemic species of the Upper Gulf of California–, with gillnets, causes the incidental death of the vaquita, and the big buyers of this specimen are the Chinese, who quote the totoaba bladder at a high price.
Ken Salazar led the act in the Los Laures canyon-ravine, where one of the streams that feeds the Tijuana River runs, accompanied by the mayor of Tijuana, Monserrat Caballero, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and companies that collaborate in cleaning up the zone.
The ambassador mentioned that on issues such as the contamination of the Tijuana River -whose sewage waters poison the San Diego Bay- it is going too far.
from saying to doing. He announced that the government he represents will invest 300 million dollars in the coming years in this area.
Regarding the murders of journalists so far this year, two of them (Margarito Martínez and Lourdes Maldonado) perpetrated in Tijuana, he stated that
It is a matter that hurts us wholeheartedly and that the murderers of journalists have to pay for their crimes.