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  • Relatives and friends of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students during a sit-in protest November 27, 2015, near the presidential residence in Mexico City

    Relatives and friends of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students during a sit-in protest November 27, 2015, near the presidential residence in Mexico City | Photo: EFE

Published 1 December 2015

After a meeting with the parents of the 43 Ayotzinapa students, the government agreed to create an independent office for cases of disappearances.

Parents of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students agreed to pack up their protest tents Tuesday after receiving positive news from the government, which finally agreed to some of their demands.

Mexico’s attorney general's office agreed Monday to creating a special office devoted to cases of disappearances that will continue the search for the 43 students who disappeared in September of 2014 in the state of Guererro.

The independent body will be made up of a group of experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and will start with a whole new line of investigation.

“The specialized investigation for the Ayotzinapa case unit is already formed and consists of a multidisciplinary team of prosecutors, doctors, ministerial police who will conduct the research and search,” said Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer and spokesman for the parents.

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The case of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa teacher training school students shook the nation, while the investigation has been highly controversial as municipal forces, the federal government and the army have all being implicated in committing the crime, or the subsequent cover up.

Parents of the students have long been asking for an investigative body to continue with the case independently of state influence, and have not given up demanding that their children be returned.

The announcement of the creation of the new office came after the attorney general’s office met with the parents of the Ayotzinapa students Monday, along with the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts.

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Parents and relatives said they were happy with the outcome of the meeting and agreed to pack up their protest camp, which they set up Thursday on Reforma avenue in Mexico City, near the official residence of the president known as Los Pinos.

Rosales said the parents would keep an eye on the development of the new office and are expected to hear first results of the new investigations Dec. 10 during a meeting with the prosecutor and the Interior Minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

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