mardi, octobre 31, 2006

Actualité - Oaxaca Negotiations at a Standstill

Mexico, Oct 31 (Prensa Latina) - Negotiations between the Minister of Government and the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) remain suspended on Tuesday before the presence of forces of the federal police.

Enrique Rueda, leader of the Oaxaca teachers, stated that the military operation put paid to the resumption of classes promised for Monday, as conditions were not appropriate to open schools.

Minister of Government Carlos Abascal ratified that the federal presence in Oaxaca would last until they fulfill their objective to reopen roads and establish public order which, he said, is expected to be achieved soon.

APPO and the education union expressed interest in resuming negotiations to achieve the removal of the high-ranking commands of the police and justice under Gov. Ulises Ruiz, urged to resign by the Senate.

According to Rueda, the Presidency must assume the political consequences of the unilateral decision to send soldiers as the operation was violent and the resignation of Ruiz is a demand that is not negotiable.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Government admitted that the Preventive Federal Police have occupied the city of Oaxaca, but without achieving its total control.

Similarly, it admitted mistakes committed in the operation begun Sunday on the pretext to restore calm and order in that demarcation of southeast Mexico.

(Prensa Latina News Agency - October 31, 2006)

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