12/1/10 - President Felipe Calderón said today that his government has not given into the "temptation" of coming to an "arrangement" with organized crime, and solidified his resolve to confront the cartels on his own terms.
He went further to state that the federal government has "forcefully" delivered heavy blows to the drug cartels; including high profile arrests of powerful leaders, sicarios, and known operators.
Among those arrested on a national level: 24% have been from the Sinaloa Cartel; 28% Gulf/Zetas cartels; 4% a La Familia Michoacana; 12% Tijuana cartel; 15% Juárez, and 16% Beltrán Leyva cartels.
He repeated familiar mantra: The violence and its victims are generated by those who are violent criminals themselves, but this is NOT the fault of the government's strategy to combat organized crime.
Calderon pointed to advances made in danger zones, places were he has sent in federal and military intervention. Although he conceded that certain areas could be considered "no man's land."
Calderón's speech lasted about one hour and five minutes. It was broken up seven times with enthusiastic applause from audience.
The president has opted for private meetings with Centro Banamex and the National Auditor this upcoming Sunday, on the eve of the anniversary for his government.