President Barack Obama says the U.S. has offered to help Mexico figure out what happened to 43 college students who’ve been missing since September.
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But he stops short of saying the U.S. will reconsider aid to Mexico based on human rights.
When asked about aid by the Spanish-language television network Telemundo in an interview Tuesday, Obama said what’s more important is helping Mexico strengthen its criminal justice system.
He says the crime against the missing students has “no place in civilized society.”
The case has ignited indignation across Mexico and around the world over the fact that the students disappeared at the hands of a corrupt local government and that federal authorities took 10 days to intervene. Some have called for President Enrique Pena Nieto to resign.