I’m currently not in Vallarta, so I guess I missed a couple of articles that were featured in a couple of the local newspapers about how the American Consulate feels about security in Vallarta for Americans. Whatever was written, it seems they misquoted or it was taken out of context, as this was recently sent out by the Consulate in a press release. Good to have it clarified that they do not have any concerns about American security in the region.
Guadalajara, Jal., July 13, 2011—Statement of Daniel F. Keller, U.S. Consul General to Guadalajara, concerning statements attributed to U.S. Consular Agent in Puerto Vallarta.
“I am deeply disturbed by statements which appeared in a recent news report published by at least two news media organizations based in Puerto Vallarta under the headline, ‘Preocupa a Consulado Inseguridad en Puerto Vallarta.’ The statements, which are attributed secondhand to U.S. Consular Agent Sra. Kelly Trainor, are taken out of context and attribute to Ms. Trainor things she did not say. Moreover, the statements are made to falsely imply that the U.S. Consulate is concerned by the present security conditions in Puerto Vallarta. The U.S. Consulate General has issued no advisories against travel to Puerto Vallarta and is not aware of any incidents that would have a significant impact on our current security assessment. The Consulate is prepared at all times to respond to legitimate inquiries from media representatives — which did not happen in this case, American citizens, and other interested parties. This specific report, regrettably, is irresponsible and does not meet the standards of professional journalism.”