The Government of Mexico ordered all Spanish official and private offices to close on Sunday night (29 September), and gave the Spanish News Agency, EFF, forty-eight hours to cease operations in the country.
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Background: The Government of Mexico ordered all Spanish official and private offices to close on Sunday night (29 September), and gave the Spanish News Agency, EFF, forty-eight hours to cease operations in the country.
According to a radio statement issued on behalf of President Luis Echeverria Alvarez, the Mexican Government also ordered all communications with Spain to be severed and told Spain's Iberia airline and the Spanish tourist office in the capital to close.
The Government did not give a reason for the measures, but they were believed to be in retaliation for the execution of five left-wing guerrillas in Spain on Saturday (27 September).
All commercial flights to Spain by the Mexican air company, Aeromexico, were suspended indefinitely.
The Government order was broadcast only a few hours after Mexico called fro an urgent United nations Security Council meeting to ask the General Assembly to suspend Spain's U.N. membership rights. In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, President Echeverria urged that "the Spanish regime be suspended from the exercise of its membership rights and privileges".
He also called on members of the World organisation to "totally sever their economic relations ... communications and diplomatic links with Spain". The letter went on to say that Mexico strongly condemned the serious and frequent violations of human rights "committed by the dictatorial regime, which ... offends the Spanish people".
There have been no diplomatic relations between Mexico and Spain since the 1936-39 Civil War.