Nov 13, 2014

US State Department Urges Mexico "To Stay Calm"

Note: No one in the Obama cabinet, including Obama, has said anything about the Ayotzinapa case that I have seen. Only spokespersons. It's a topic they would like to go away--after all they have a lot riding on the Peña reforms and Peña has been a darling of the U.S. government. Now they have asked us to stay calm during the judicial process--as if there were a judicial process and as if 43 young men were not still forcibly disappeared. What did Shannon talk to Wayne about and what did Obama presumably talk to Peña Nieto about in China? That we will never know, but it surely went beyond patronizing platitudes to stay calm.

QUESTION: Jen, you were concerned about Mexico yesterday, and a couple of questions: Has the U.S. offered – or Mexico requested – any help in addressing the disappearance of the 43 students?

MS. PSAKI: Well, let me just – since you gave me the opportunity, let me just reiterate that we extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims. The heinous and barbaric crime must be thoroughly and transparently investigated and those responsible be brought to justice without delay and punishment – without delay and punished, sorry – consistent with due process and respect for the rule of law. We urge all parties to remain calm through the process.
I’m not aware of any specific requests from the Mexican Government for U.S. assistance. I can certainly check with our team and see if anything has changed on that front since yesterday.

QUESTION: Please. Also, the – is there a concern by the U.S. Government – I know that Mr. Shannon met with Ambassador Wayne this morning. Is there any concern about the stability of the Mexican Government, given the violence, the lack of confidence on state and federal government, that maybe Mexico is sliding towards a failed state situation?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t believe that’s a concern we’ve expressed. Obviously, we’re concerned about tensions on the ground. That’s why we’re continuing to urge all parties to remain calm through the process, and obviously why we’re engaged, also, closely with officials there. We have recently put out a new travel advisory to U.S. citizens who are living there, and, obviously, we continue to provide them updated information.

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