LA PALMA, EL SALVADOR
El Salvador's peace talks ended on October 15 with an agreement between President Jose Napoleon Duarte and leaders of the guerrilla movement to continue to search for an end to the civil war.
LA PALMA, EL SALVADOR
1. GV Crowds outside church listening to government spokesman, Planning Minister, Dr Fidel Chaves Mena, reading communique (5 shots) 0.16
2. GV & SVs Crowds standing in rain and cheering (5 shots) 0.32
3. SV & CUs Guerrilla commander German Sien Fuegos (FMLN) speaking to crowds (4 shots) 0.54
4. GV Guerrilla leaders leaving conference and waving to crowds (2 shots) 1.10
5. CU Salvadoran President Jose Napoleon Duarte speaking (ENGLISH SOT) (2 shots) 1.34
6. GV & SVs Boy scouts acting as security guards and Red Cross convoy drives guerrilla leaders away (2 shots) 1.49
7. CU Duarte speaking (SOT) 2.03
TRANSCRIPT: DUARTE: "There were great motions....indistinct....We are all listening to every word he was saying. When they talk to me, they talk as President Duarte. And then we talk to them. We call them Commander this and Commander that. So it was very respectable relations."
DUARTE: "There are people fighting for this peace, and I know the whole reason for me being present is to do this."
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Background: LA PALMA, EL SALVADOR
El Salvador's peace talks ended on October 15 with an agreement between President Jose Napoleon Duarte and leaders of the guerrilla movement to continue to search for an end to the civil war. Duarte and rebel chiefs met in the northern town of La Palma for their first negotiations in over five years of war, which has claimed over 50,000 victims. The Minister for Planning, Dr. Fidel Chaves Mena, emerged from the talks to read a final communique to the waiting crowds. The statement said the two sides had agreed to establish a mixed commission to seek ways of involving all sectors of national life in the search for peace. The two sides are to meet again in the second half of November. No cease-fire was announced. Guerrilla leader German Cienfuegos of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) also spoke indicated his appreciation at the cordial relations between the two sides at the negotiating table. A further sign of hope for the future was seen in the fact that security at the talks was provided by boy scouts and the guerrilla leaders were transported in Red Cross vans. The agreement provided for the establishment of a commission composed of four government representative and four members chosen by the FMLN and its political wing the Revolutionary Democratic Front (FDR). Reactions from El Salvador's right wing politicians were not forthcoming, but the right wing newspaper El Diario de Hoy thundered that there could be no reconciliation between barbarity and democracy. But Duarte indicated in an interview he feels he has a mission to bring peace to El Salvador.