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Mexican President Says He Won’t Rest Until Mexico is Free of Violence

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Aired 4/20/09

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he will not rest until Mexico is free of violence due to organized crime. President Calderon visited a solar panel plant in Tijuana Thursday. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has more.

President Felipe Calderon says he'll dedicate the time and resources it takes to rid the country of violence generated by organized crime.

The President pointed to Baja California as a model for the advances that can be made against drug cartels when local, state and federal forces work together.

In January, more than 70 people were killed in Tijuana. February's total dropped to half that. Though, earlier this week, a half dozen bodies were found scattered around the region.

While the President touched on violence, most of his speech focused on business.

He toured the expansion of San Diego based Kyocera's solar panel plant in Tijuana.

He says the low peso puts businesses in Mexico at an advantage. He says production is less expensive and prices more competitive.

Calderon called on the business sector to capitalize on the opportunity.

Amy Isackson, KPBS news.

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