SAN SALVADOR — Eight opposition parties withdrew Friday from a panel formed to implement a Central American peace plan, accusing President of "polarizing" the nation.
In a letter of withdrawal from the National Reconciliation Commission read by representative Alfred Cristiani at a news conference, the parties said: "We have seen the irresponsible and unilateral way your (Duarte's) government has sought to comply with the agreement.
"In our opinion, far from promoting the reconciliation of various sectors of society, your government has polarized them even more, generating more violence and insecurity, setting back our people's hope for peace.
"For that reason, we irrevocably withdraw from participating in the commission," the letter concluded.
Blow to Government
The move is a blow to the Duarte government, which has sought to portray itself as having complied with the regional peace plan signed Aug. 7 in Guatemala by five Central American presidents.