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Declaration of the OAS Secretary General on Missing Mexican Students

  October 7, 2014

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, expressed his deep concern at the disappearance of 43 Mexican students, some of whom, according to statements from confessed killers, were executed on orders from organized crime near Iguala, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

Secretary General Insulza expressed support for the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto in his decision not to allow this brutal crime to go unpunished and stressed the urgency of agreeing to joint mechanisms by the governments of the region to fight the power of drug trafficking, which brings murder, corruption and terror to the people of the Hemisphere.

The head of the OAS called for the clarification of the murders that have brought grief not only to the Mexican people but to all the countries of the Americas, which have agreed that the phenomenon of criminal drug violence that affects them can only be fought by working together.

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Reference: E-422/14