Mexican President Vicente Fox has called on United States and Mexico to work together to control lawlessness along the border of the two countries.
Speaking in the Mexican state of Sonora Tuesday, Mr. Fox said the crime along the border is the shared responsibility of both governments.
Mr. Fox issued his call after the governors of two U.S. states, Arizona and New Mexico, declared states of emergency along their border with Mexico.
Both Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Bill Richardson of New Mexico have accused the U.S. federal government of not doing enough to control drug traffickers, illegal immigrant smugglers, and criminal gangs.
Asked about the governors' actions, U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Mexico has taken significant steps to address violence on the border. He said the U.S. and Mexican governments are working together "very closely" to improve border security.
Some information for this report provided by AP.