SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
United States Democratic Congressman, Clarence Long has visited El Salvador prior to a discussion on U.S. aid of 60 million dollars to the government of President Alvaro Magana.
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
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TRANSCRIPT: LONG: (SEQS 1 & 2) "I've had a brief and productive visit here in El Salvador, meeting with the new defence minister, (Eugenio) Vides Cassanova, holding two meetings with President Magana and meeting with the human rights commissioner (indistinct) and participating in negotiating for the release of political prisoners. During these meetings, we covered a wide range of subjects on which I shall report back to my committee tomorrow, prior to the vote on the reprogramming for 60 million dollars. I was pleased as usual with my visit, with my friends and fellow economist, President Magana, a capable and cultivated man, with a firm sense of morality and justice. The president did assure me that prisons and detention centres will be open to unannounced, unrestricted visits by the International Red Cross, and that following early passage of the amnesty law, substantial members of political prisoners, hopefully in the hundreds, will be released. Today, I was given a list of ten political prisoners who were released Saturday, and also a list of an additional ten prisoners who will be released in about an hour."
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Background: SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
United States Democratic Congressman, Clarence Long has visited El Salvador prior to a discussion on U.S. aid of 60 million dollars to the government of President Alvaro Magana. Speaking in San Salvador on April 25, the congressional leader said that El Salvador's government was receptive to preconditions proposed by Congress for the emergency military programme. He said President Magana had given him a list of ten political prisoners who had been released and a further ten who were to be set free that day. It was expected that more prisoners, possibly several hundred, would be released in the near future. Congressman Long also said he had received an undertaking, that in future, all prisons and detention centres would be open to unannounced and unrestricted visits by International Red Cross officials. Salvadorean troops have been fighting an inconclusive battle for four years with guerrillas for over-all control. The rebels have scored several significant successes and caused millions of dollars worth of damage to the country's economy and infrastructure. Mr. Long said he thought the rebels would not topple the government even if the extra military aid was withheld. As he spoke guerrilla forces were reported to be harassing traffic along the coastal highway, and had burned several vehicles.
Source: REUTERS - BORIS PINKAS