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Striking Students Agree to Talks

July 6, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ For the first time in their 11-week strike, students at Mexico’s main university have begun talks to resolve their dispute with university officials.

Representatives of the 280,000-student National Autonomous University of Mexico met with strike leaders Monday and were resuming talks Tuesday.

Students took over buildings in April after yearly tuition was increased from a symbolic 2 cents to $145. In early June, the university agreed to make the tuition increase optional, but students continued the strike, saying other demands had not been met.

The demands included restoring the near-automatic admission given to students of the university preparatory school system and lifting new restrictions on the number of years a student could work on a degree.

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