June 11, 1989 |
In the first such contact by a senior U.S. official, Vice President Dan Quayle will meet in El Salvador this week with two leaders of that country's left-wing opposition, Administration officials said Saturday. The vice president leaves Washington today on a journey now seen as even more important in the wake of Friday's assassination of a senior Salvadoran official. The killing of Jose Antonio Rodriguez Porth, a right-wing ideologue who served as minister of the presidency--in effect, chief of staff to President Alfredo Cristiani--brings added urgency to the message Quayle is carrying of reconciliation in El Salvador and of respect for human rights by the rightist Cristiani administration, which took office June 1. Higher Visibility At the same time, said a White House official, "it elevates the visibility of the trip and adds further proof to our long-held proposition that these people (the killers)
July 31, 1988 |
Joaquin Villalobos, one of the most militant guerrilla leaders in the Salvadoran civil war, says he is easing his once total opposition to leftist participation in this country's electoral process, according to various diplomatic sources.
January 24, 1989 |
In a major reversal, El Salvador's Marxist guerrilla movement said Monday that it will urge its followers to participate in presidential elections and accept the outcome of the vote if the government and military follow several conditions. Until now, the guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) had refused to recognize the legitimacy of the presidential election set for March 19.
December 3, 1987 |
Leftist political leader Ruben Zamora safely ended a 10-day return from exile Wednesday and said he is more convinced than ever that the only way to end an eight-year civil war here is to negotiate a settlement between the Salvadoran government and his guerrilla allies. The guerrillas "have to be part of our political reality, but they are not the only reality," Zamora said at the airport before leaving for his home in Managua. "We have to move towards a political solution to the war."
February 28, 1989 |
Leaders of leftist and rightist political parties Monday rejected as unacceptable a compromise peace proposal by President Jose Napoleon Duarte that would postpone a presidential election until April 30. Ricardo Alvarenga Valdivieso of the ultra-rightist Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), who is president of the National Assembly, pointed out that the election has already been set for March 19 and said this date "has to be observed." He said that any deviation would be unconstitutional.
October 6, 1987 |
Salvadoran government officials and leftist guerrilla leaders talked into the night Monday, holding the longest round of peace negotiations in nearly eight years of civil war. It was not clear whether the prolonged, two-day session indicated progress or a deadlock between President Jose Napoleon Duarte and commanders of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front.
October 5, 1987 |
Surrounded by heavy security, President Jose Napoleon Duarte and leftist guerrilla leaders who are fighting his government met for 6 1/2 hours of peace talks Sunday and agreed to continue their dialogue today. Archbishop of San Salvador Arturo Rivera y Damas, who is mediating the closed-door meeting, said that neither the government nor the guerrillas would comment on the talks while they are under way.
March 2, 1991 |
Leftist Salvadoran rebels killed 17 government soldiers Friday and wounded 16 more in heavy fighting during an attack on the country's main hydroelectric plant, the military reported. Six guerrillas were killed and about 20 others wounded in the attack, a military spokesman said.
October 7, 1987 |
After 20-hours of closed-door talks, the Salvadoran government and leftist guerrillas Tuesday agreed to form a commission to negotiate a cease-fire under the Central American peace plan. The announcement was more than had been expected from the two-day meeting, but both sides emphasized that prospects for a cease-fire accord were slim. Between the government and guerrilla positions, "the distances are great and the contradictions are marked," guerrilla commander Schafik Jorge Handal said.
September 27, 1988 |
When William G. Walker was nominated earlier this year as the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, the former UCLA art student asked several old art-school friends in Southern California to lend him some of their paintings to decorate his embassy. "They wouldn't do it," Walker said with an air of amazement. "They seemed to think I was going down there with a secret mandate from the President to kill people." Walker, 53, embodies many of the paradoxes of U.S.