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Nicaraguan diplomat found dead in New York

The seats of the Nicaraguan delegation to the United Nations General Assembly sit empty in the General Assembly hall after news broke that a Nicaraguan diplomat was found dead in New York, September 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nicaragua’s consul in New York was found dead with his throat slashed in a Bronx apartment on Thursday during the United Nations General Assembly, officials said.

Cesar Mercado, 34, was posted in New York, working out of an office building near the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan.

An emergency medical team responding to a call found him dead upon arrival at the apartment in the Bronx, a New York City borough, a police spokeswoman said. A police statement said he suffered a laceration to the neck.

The spokeswoman provided no further details of the police investigation.

NY1 television, citing police, reported his throat was slashed and a knife was recovered at the scene.

Danilo Rosales Diaz, deputy permanent representative at Nicaragua’s U.N. mission, identified Mercado as the victim. He said he could not yet comment on the circumstances surrounding his death. (Reporting by Daniel Trotta and Helen Popper; Editing by Doina Chiacu)