Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari, meeting with Vice President Dan Quayle, expressed "his strong displeasure" over the abduction and arrest of a Mexican doctor in the case of a murdered U.S. drug agent, the vice president said.
After a two-hour meeting with the Mexican president Thursday, Quayle also said he had assured the leader that the United States intended to respect Mexican sovereignty. "We will not interfere with the sovereignty of Mexico or any nation," the vice president said.But at the news conference after the session, Quayle also indicated that Salinas had not been satisfied with U.S. reassurances on the matter and said the Mexican leader had requested some new rules in the area.
"President Salinas expressed to me his strong displeasure with the Dr. Alvarez incident. Furthermore, he indicated that there should be new rules of understanding between Mexico and the United States on drug cooperation," Quayle said.
The contentious discussion revolved around the April 3 arrest of Mexican Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain, who was indicted along with 18 others in the 1985 torture-murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot.
Mexican officials want to know if Alvarez, a gynecologist, was kidnapped by bounty hunters working with renegade Los Angeles-based DEA agents. According to reports published in Mexico, the DEA paid abductors $50,000 to kidnap Alvarez in Guadalajara and spirit him to El Paso, Texas.
Alvarez, 42, is accused of administering drugs to revive Camarena for further interrogation by his captors after the agent had passed out while being tortured in Guadalajara.
Alvarez pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail. A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered a May 25 hearing into the arrest.
Quayle stated that he had assured Salinas "there were no DEA agents in Mexico" involved in the incident.