Fox News Latino, 07/16/2012

Homicides in Mexico have dropped 15 percent to 20 percent in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of 2011, according to Mexican President Felipe Calderón.

Calderón said 2011 had proved "a climactic point" in drug-related killings, though he did not cite specific figures, in an interview published Sunday by the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The announced decline in murders comes months before the newly elected president Enrique Peña Nieto prepares to launch a new drug war strategy when he takes office in December.

"I'm more and more convinced that they don't really have a blueprint," said Eric Olson, associate director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.