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Published 27 November 2014

In a telephone call, the neighboring presidents discussed Ayotzinapa, which Obama called atrocious and barbarian. They also discussed immigration.

U.S. President Barrack Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, held a telephone conversation Wednesday, in which they discussed the case of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa's teacher training college, as well as immigration issues.

Anonymous officials, speaking to Spanish newspaper El Pais, said that Obama sent his condolences to the friends and families of the victims, saying that the disappearance of the students was an “atrocious and barbaric” crime.

According to El Pais, Obama also said to Peña that the crime against the students must be exhaustively investigated.

The White House said that the call between the presidents was to talk about the new immigration reform that Obama made through a series of executive orders.

“President Obama and President Pena Nieto reaffirmed the commitment of both countries to work together in Central America to help address the underlying factors driving migration from the region to Mexico and the United States and deter migrant smuggling, including the smuggling of unaccompanied children,” stated the White House.

The phone conversation came a day after U.S. senators sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, which expressed their concern over the case of the missing students. The senators said they feared Ayotzinapa was only a part of a more general situation in Mexico.

On the night of September 26, local police shot at several buses taken by the Ayotzinapa students, killing three of them and another three civilians. According to authorities, the police then arrested 43 students and handed them over to the criminal gang known as Guerreros Unidos (United Warriors).

According to the Mexican attorney general, Jesus Murillo, the gang members burned the students and dumped the ashes in bags, though forensics, sent to experts in Austria for a DNA analysis, have not yielded results. 

Parents and families of the students have conducted an independent investigation, but no results have been made public yet.

After two months there is no forensic evidence of the student's fate, causing a major unrest in Mexico's population, and putting Peña Nieto in the biggest crisis of his term. Since September thousands of Mexican people have marched demanding the authorities to find the students alive.

Follow our complete coverage in Justice for Ayotzinapa.

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