Mexico City, Sep 21 (EFE). – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reiterated Thursday that the Army has “provided all the information” about the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa after he met with the parents, who accused him of protecting the Armed Forces.
“We have been providing all the information, the Ministry of Defense has provided all the information, but the parents insist that there is missing information,” the president said during his daily press conference.
His statements come after his meeting on Wednesday with the families of the missing students, who disappeared on September 26, 2014, in the southern state of Guerrero. During the meeting, the parents demanded that he stop covering up for the Army because, as they say, there are missing documents related to the case.
Emiliano Navarrete, the father of José Ángel Navarrete, stated after the meeting that “the president has been protecting the Army for a long time.”
However, López Obrador defended the Armed Forces’ actions but promised a review.
“They maintain that, but the Defense Department sustains it has already provided all the information. Since yesterday, I am proposing a comprehensive review to leave no doubt and be able to say we have already provided all the information. That’s what we had. Or indeed, there was more information to provide, or there is no more,” he added.
The meeting took place on the eve of the ninth anniversary of the disappearance of the young students, as pressure grows for López Obrador to fulfill his promise to clarify the case during his term, which ends on October 1, 2024.
“I committed to the parents that we would get to the bottom of this, and I assure them we will. I have one more year left, and I am working on this, so I also wanted to meet with them yesterday to inform them. I want to deliver a file to each mother and father on Monday,” he remarked.
The president pledged that the Ministry of the Interior will deliver “a compilation” of what has been provided on Monday to avoid more considerable differences with the parents and to prevent misinformation.
He argued that “this is not just a social issue, deeply humanitarian,” but that his “adversaries” have used the issue to “damage” his government.
“We don’t want these falsifiers, pseudo-human rights defenders, to use this unfortunate issue to harm the government and especially the Army,” he said.
The Government’s Truth Commission concluded last year that the incident was a “state crime” in which authorities at all levels, including the Armed Forces, were involved.
In this context, López Obrador defended the results by pointing out that dozens of military personnel, including two generals, have been detained. EFE