Officer to quit over war crimes

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The Independent Online
Juan Orlando Zepeda, El Salvador's Vice-Minister of Defence and one of 15 officers recommended for dismissal for human rights abuses, said he would resign at the end of the month, AP reports from San Salvador.

In Washington the Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, said the US was examining whether foreigners could override El Salvador's new amnesty law and prosecute military officers accused of human rights abuses during 12 years of civil war. El Salvador's right-wing parties forced through the amnesty five days after a UN report blamed the army for war crimes in a conflict that killed 75,000 people.

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