Clinton supports Mexico in 'messy' drug war

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets Mexican school children upon arrival at Guanajuato International Airport in Guanajuato, Mexico, on Janu. 24, 2011. Clinton traveled to Mexico on a one-day trip for meetings with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa on border security and drug trafficking.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging Mexico to stay the course in an admittedly "messy" war against drug cartels.

Speaking in Mexico on Monday, Clinton says the Obama administration will help with new controls on the flow of American guns across the border.

She gave strong support for Mexican President Felipe Calderon (fay-LEE'-pay kahl-duh-ROHN')'s battle against the country's entrenched drug trafficking organizations. And she offered continued U.S. assistance from policing to improving Mexico's judicial system.

The four-year war has been costly, in terms of human life and the popularity of Calderon's government.

More than 34,600 people have died in drug-related killings in Mexico in the past four years.

© 2011 The Associated Press.

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