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Peace accord anniversaries
Inter Press Service, Latinamerica Press
1/26/2007
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Jan. 16 marked 15 years since the Salvadoran government and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front guerillas signed peace accords. Guatemala also celebrated 10 years since it signed a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war in December.

But the terms of both agreements have still not gone completely fulfilled.

Even though the Salvadoran military has been transformed and there is greater democracy in the country, analysts warn of serious roadblocks to the peace and reconciliation process.

"The government does not recognize that the [war’s] causes are linked to structural injustice that still continues," said San Salvador’s auxiliary bishop Gregorio Rosa Chávez.

A decade after the government made peace with the National Guatemalan Revolutionary Unity guerrillas in 1996, Guatemala’s indigenous population — 60 percent of the nearly 13 million Guatemalans — which comprised nearly 97 percent of the conflict’s victims, continue living in a state of poverty and discrimination.


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