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8 Salvador Parties Quit Peace Panel, Criticize Duarte

November 13, 1987|United Press International

SAN SALVADOR — Eight opposition parties today withdrew from the commission formed to implement a regional peace plan in a blow to the efforts of President Napoleon Duarte to comply with the accord.

The parties said they withdrew from the National Reconciliation Commission because Duarte's government is "polarizing" the nation.

The parties criticized Duarte's decision to call a 15-day unilateral cease-fire with leftist rebels and his handling of the National Election Commission.

"We have seen the irresponsible and unilateral way your government has sought to comply with the agreement," said a letter to Duarte read at a press conference by Alfredo Cristiani, the parties' representative on the commission.

The move is a blow to the Duarte government, which has sought to portray itself as having fully complied with all aspects of the regional peace plan.

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