Salvadorian president seeks meeting with Mexican counterpart on migration issues

09:55, August 30, 2010      

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Salvadorian President Mauricio Funes had asked for a meeting with his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon to discuss migration issues after the recent killing of 72 migrants in northern Mexico by organized crime, a Salvadorian official said Sunday.

Funes hopes to discuss with Calderon how to strengthen joint actions against organized crime and enhance cooperation between Mexico and the Central American Integration System, said Salvadorian Foreign Vice Minister for Salvadorian Abroad Juan Jose Garcia.

Funes had said that the terrible massacre in Mexico "has shocked our countries and the international community and it is a show of the magnitude the organize crime bands have reached."

The 72 bodies were found on a ranch in Tamaulipas state bordering the southern U.S. state of Texas on Aug. 24 after a clash between Mexican marine troops and suspected drug-cartel gunmen that left one marine and three suspects dead.

It appeared to be the largest drug-cartel body dumping ground found in Mexico since an offensive was launched against drug trafficking in late 2006.

So far, the Mexican authorities have identified 35 of the 72 victims, including 16 Hondurans, 13 Salvadorians, five Guatemalans and one Brazilian.

According to Garcia, a fact-finding Salvadorian mission is in Tamaulipas to identify the bodies of the Salvadorian victims.

Source: Xinhua


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