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El Salvador Marks 25th Anniversary of Chapultepec Peace Accords

ISSN:1089-1560
LADB Article ID: 80199
Category/Department: El Salvador
Date: 2017-02-02
By: Benjamin Witte-Lebhar

Twenty-five years after the Chapultepec Peace Accords brought an end to El Salvador’s civil war (1980-1992), the tiny Central American nation continues to struggle with deep political polarization, rampant violence, and an anemic economy that fails to provide adequate employment or living standards for a large section of the population.Little wonder that the 25th-anniversary event held Jan. 16 in San Salvador was a rather “downbeat” affair, as The Economist reported, or that the keynote speaker, President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, used the moment to call for “new national accords” so that Salvadorans might finally have the country they “dreamed of” and “a culture of peace.” The peace agreements, signed in 1992 at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City, marked a major turning point after 12 years of open warfare between US-backed security forces and the Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) guerrilla coalition. The conflict killed more than 70,000 people and displaced roughly a quarter of El Salvador’s populace, according to the UN Commission on the Truth for El Salvador, convened in 1992 as part of the Chapultepec agreement. Thousands more went missing, never to be seen or heard from again.

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