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Memo Re_ We Request Any Comments You May Have by Cob Today, Monday, July 10, On the Attached Op-ed Piece by the Vice President on El Salvador 43af

Memo Re_ We Request Any Comments You May Have by Cob Today, Monday, July 10, On the Attached Op-ed Piece by the Vice President on El Salvador 43af

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MEMORANDUM
FOR
PHILIP
HUGHES
Executive
Secretary
National
Security
Council
J.
STAPLETON
ROY
Executive
Secretary
Department
of
State
We
request
any
comments
you
may
have
by
cob
today,
Monday,
July
10,
on
the
attached
op-ed
piece
by
theVice
President
on
El
Salvador.
The
piecewill
be
provided
to
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Comments
may
be
telephoned
to
Jon
Glassman,
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to
the
Vice
President
for
National
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my
recent
visit
to
El
Salvador,
I
met
with
agroup
of
legislative
leaders
including
ARENA
President
Roberto
D'Aubuisson.
Because
of
D'Aubui.
sson's
reported
association
with
0
op-ed
piece,
authored
by
Scott
Greathead,
June
28,
asked
why
I
met
with
him.
The
answer
to
this
question
goes
to
theheart
of
this
Administration's
approach
to
human
rights
n
approach
based
not
on
posturing,
but
on
engagement,
on
hands-oninvolvement
to
seek
change.
Shortly
after
the
Administration
took
office,
the
President
asked
me
to
go
to
El
Salvador.
My
message
was
delivered
directly
0
to
the
Salvadoran
high
command:
we
support
democracy
and
human
zights
inEl
Salvador.
I
reminded
the
armed
forcesthat
they
had
a
specialresponsibility
under
democracy
--
an
obligation
for
restraint
admittedly
made
difficult
by
the
communist
FMLN's
unrelenting
violence
against
the
democratic
system.
I
brought
up
a
specific
case.
A
killing
of
peasants
had
occurredin
the
rural
San
Sebastian.
The
military
was
allegedly
involved
but
progress
in
the
investigation
was
stalled.I
asked
the
high
command
to
get
to
the
bottom
of
this.
They
did.
In
an
unprecedented
move,
officers
and
soldiers
allegedly
responsible
for
the
killings
were
identified
and
handed
over
to
the
civiliancourts.
I
returned
to
El
Salvador
in
June
to
express
our
support
for
President
Cristiani,
who
had
gust
assumed
office
in
the
first
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democratic
transition
ever
to
occur
in
recent
Salvadoran
history.
Once
again,
I
raised
the
human
rightsissue,
a'matter
made
more
acute
by
the
guerrilla
FMLN'
s
intensified
use
of
a
despicable
new
tactic.
President'
s
Duarte's
Attorney
General
had
been
assassinated
in
Aprilz
shortly
before
my
June
visit,
the
FMLN
murdered
the
Minister
of
the
Presidency
of
the
newly
elected
government
and
bombed
the
house
of
the
Vice
President,
wounding
0
his
child.
Subsequent
to
my
visit,
they
murdered
the
head
of
the
Fire
Department
and
wounded
the
President
of
the
Supreme
Court,
killing
his
two
escorts.
I
told
President
Cristiani
that
while
the
Salvadoran
Government
could
not
succumb
toterror,
it
should
take
care
not
to
play
into
the
hands
of
the
FMLN.
The
guerrillas
obviously
0
hoped
to
provoke
the
Salvadoran
Government
into
reactingexcessively,
causing
in
turn
a
weakening
of
U.
S.
Congressional
support
for
El
Salvador.
Cristiani
responded
that
he
had
no
intention
of
falling
into
the
guerrillas'
trap.
He
was
committed
to
human
rights
andwould
not
be
provoked.
I
told
the
military
and
the
legislative
leaders,
including
D'Aubuisson,
that
they
should
support
Cristiani's
policies.
Any
actions
thatviolated
human
rights
would
be
reprehensible
and
a
hoon
to
the
guerrillas.
There
was
no
misunderstandingabout
this
point
--
in
part,
because
it
was
conveyed
directly.
But
the
message
was
not
limited
to
D'Aubuisson.
I
met
also
with
Guillermo
Ungo
and
Ruben
clamors
--
the
highest
level
meeting
an
American
official
has
ever
held
with
these
former
leaders
of
the
FDR,
the
guerrillas'
political
front.
I
told
them
that
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