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April 22, 1985

The Salvadoran army and leftist guerrillas observed an undeclared truce for a one-day drive to complete the final phase of a nationwide vaccination program for 400,000 children. The first two phases of the program in February and March were also marked by truces in the five-year-old civil war in El Salvador. President Jose Napoleon Duarte, in a radio address, asked, "If we have been able to vaccinate all these children in the midst of violence halted for one day in this war, why can't we stop the war?"

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