Forgive and forget in El Salvador

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The Independent Online
El Salvador's Legislative Assembly on Saturday approved an amnesty for government and former rebel troops accused of human rights abuses in the country's nearly 12-year-old civil war, AFP reports from San Salvador. Opposition members walked out of the assembly in protest.

President Alfredo Cristiani had requested the amnesty as a step towards national reconciliation after an independent report accusing the military of 85 per cent of civil war human rights abuses.