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UPDATED: 11:17, January 17, 2007
Canada urges Mexico to probe death of citizens
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Canada's Foreign Minister Peter MacKay has held telephone talks with his Mexican counterpart, urging Mexico to make a thorough investigation on the deaths of several Canadians, a spokesman said Tuesday.

MacKay told Mexican secretary of foreign affairs Patricia Espinosa that the mysterious death of a Toronto-area man recently is "of great concern" to Ottawa, the spokesman said.

Espinosa conveyed her government's condolences over the death of the victim and pledged "a rapid and exhaustive" investigation.

The 19-year-old young man, who was spending holidays in Mexico, died after visiting a popular nightclub in the Mexican resort town of Acapulco.

Mexican officials said he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident, while members of his family believed he was beaten to death.

But his traveling companion said he was thrown out of the bar after dancing with a local man's girlfriend.

Meanwhile, MacKay also called on Mexican authorities to investigate the case of a Canadian couple, who were found slain, with their throats slit, in their hotel room near Cancun in February 2006.

Source: Xinhua

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