Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

U.N. Salvador Report Prompts U.S. Criticism

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

U.N. Salvador Report Prompts U.S. Criticism

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WASHINGTON - In light of the U.N. Truth Commission's report on El Salvador, the U.S. should end all military aid to the Central American nation, Massachusetts Democrat Rep. Joe Moakley said last week.

"It is my personal view that no further U.S. military aid should be delivered or obligated to El Salvador as long as senior military officers named in both the Truth Commission and the Ad Hoc Commission reports remain in uniform," said Moakley. The report named Gen. Rene Emilio Ponce and four other members of the High Command as officers responsible for the Jesuit murders.

Moakley headed the 1989-92 Speaker's Task Force on El Salvador charged with monitoring the investigation of the 1989 murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter. He said the report confirmed his long-held belief that the military high command had been involved in the murders.

In a statement issued last week, the U.S. Jesuit Conference said: "As long as they remain in office, Ponce and his coconspirators are living symbols of a Salvadoran military which cannot be held accountable for even the most heinous human rights violations."

"President Cristiani's call today for an immediate amnesty for all those accused by the Truth Commission is premature unless and until the accused somehow indicate that they accept responsibility for those crimes," the statement said.

Thomas Quigley of the U.S. Catholic Conference said the intellectual authors of crimes committed in El Salvador must continue to be identified. …

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