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12 Mar 2007 | News

U.S. Government Publicly Supports International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

The following question was taken by Sean McCormack, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, on March 8, 2007.

Taken Question

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 8, 2007
Question taken at Daily Press Briefing of March 7, 2007

International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala

Question: Is the Bush administration working with the Berger government to encourage the Guatemalan congress to approve the U.N. Commission against impunity and organized crime in Guatemala? Is this a priority for the administration?

Answer: The United States supports the Government of Guatemala's and the United Nations' agreement to establish the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). The Commission's goals of investigating and supporting the prosecution by Guatemalan authorities of illicit groups engaged in violence affecting the human rights of Guatemalan citizens will help the Government of Guatemala strengthen rule of law. We applaud the Berger government for undertaking this ground-breaking and promising initiative and continue to seek ways to support CICIG.


Released on March 8, 2007