On the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in Mexico, the issue of the 43 disappeared students from Iguala is back in news.
There are reports that the Pope will meet with the parents of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students during his trip, possibly in Ciudad Juarez on February 17. Ciudad Juarez is just across the river from El Paso, Texas.
The Mexican Office of the Attorney General of the Republic responded to the latest report by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team by reiterating its stated commitment to solving the case of the 43 forcibly disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa teachers training college. It insists the case “was not closed.”
The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, known as EAAF, said Tuesday that, contrary to the much-derided official version of events that said the students’ bodies were taken to Cocula garbage dump and burned, there was no scientific evidence linking the human remains found in dump with the 43 Ayotzinapa students.
In light of the report by the EAAF, relatives of the forcibly disappeared students have demanded President Enrique Peña Nieto and his government provide answers.
Mexico’s Attorney General Arely Gomez said her office would analyze the report by the EAAF, but that they would wait until a report by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts.
That group issued a scathing report last year that also strongly disputed the official version of events.
Gomez has repeatedly told relatives that the case remained open and that the government was pursuing “new lines of investigation” in the case of the 43 forcibly disappeared students.
However, little progress in the case has been made as the remains of the missing students have yet to be found.
Relatives of the missing students, along with experts supporting the investigation are set to meet with officials on February 18th.