In October of last year, as part of its commitment to the pursuit of truth, the government requested the technical assistance of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), he said.
He explained that thanks to the support of the Commission and the Group of Experts, today we have more elements to clarify these extremely regrettable events.
The president reported that he has given instructions to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs to arrange with the Commission to extend the Group of Experts’ mandate, in order to complete their work.
President Enrique Peña Nieto today confirmed his complete readiness to meet again with the parents of the student teachers missing in Iguala, Guerrero. “I share their desire to know the truth of what unfortunately happened there,” he declared.
During the event, at which he inaugurated the access road to the industrial area of San José Chiapa, the president expressed his “unchanging and constant readiness to be close to the victims’ parents and permanently support them.” He added: I am the first to assume the full interest, not only as president, but because Mexican society rightly demands to know the truth of what happened there,” he stated.
He noted that during these months, “The government has been close to the victims’ parents.” I have not only met personally with them, but so have various federal authorities.”
“For the record, the government is absolutely willing to know what really happened in Iguala and Cocula, and for all the investigation work to enable us to determine the truth behind these very unfortunate events,” he added.
President Peña Nieto recalled that following these tragic events, a serious and thorough investigation was launched with a commitment to the search for truth, last October, “On the government’s initiative, technical assistance was requested from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
This unprecedented act of openness was expressed through the creation of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, which has been given every facility for its activities and investigations.”
This government, he declared, “Opened up the investigation to the Inter-American Human Rights Commission’s Group of Independent Experts to act with full transparency, and above all, to have technical assistance in the investigations undertaken by the Attorney General's Office (PGR).”
He said that thanks to the support of the Commission and the Group of Experts, “Today we have more elements to clarify these extremely regrettable events.” He praised the professionalism of the work that has been undertaken and reported that he has instructed the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, “To agree with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to extend the Group of Experts’ mandate, in order for it to complete its work.”
The president declared that the Group of Experts’ results, “Will be assessed by the Attorney General's Office, the agency responsible for undertaking the investigation, and that the incorporation of these investigations will be evaluated by the Group of Experts.”
"And although there are obviously some differences with the work undertaken by the Attorney’ General’s office, these can be overcome through the new evaluations that provide greater certainty on what happened there, particularly as regards the events that took place in Cocula. To this end, a new investigation will be undertaken with the participation of leading forensic experts,” he declared.
The president noted that the Group of Experts’ Report confirms, “The participation and probable responsibility of the municipal police force of Iguala and Cocula, in conjunction with organized crime. As result of the investigations conducted by the PGR, 110 people have already been arrested and we will not cease until those guilty of this regrettable event are brought before the law.”
He declared that, “The case remains open, the investigation continues, and the judiciary will determine when it should be concluded and the findings on this issue should be presented. The search for the student teachers continues and is now being conducted on an individual basis at the request of the parents themselves.”
“In addition to working on this extensive research, the government promotes reforms to prevent the repetition of tragic events such as this one. I submitted a constitutional reform bill to combat the infiltration of organized crime in local authorities; strengthen local public security institutions; and redefine the system of jurisdiction in criminal matters,” he explained.
He added that, “We will also submit a bill for the General Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Torture; and one to prevent the Forced Disappearance of Persons.”