GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Ricardo Arnoldo Ramirez de Leon, a former
leftist guerrilla commander who signed peace accords with the Guatemalan
government in 1996, has died. He was 67.
Ramirez, who was widely known by his nom de guerre, Rolando Moran,
suffered a fatal heart attack Friday in Guatemala City, said Jorge Ismael
Soto, a former guerrilla commander. He had been hospitalized since
Wednesday with heart problems.
Ramirez had been a top commander in the Guatemalan National
Revolutionary Unit. He commanded a rebel section known as the Guerrilla
Army of the Poor.
After the 36-year civil war ended in 1996, he became secretary-general
committee charged with organizing a new leftist party that is expected to
participate in 1999 presidential elections.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who met Ramirez during a July visit
Guatemala, expressed sadness over his death.
Annan said he had been "encouraged by his deep commitment to the peace
Ramirez's family also received condolences from Guatemalan President
Alvaro Arzu, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Nicaragua's Sandinista leader,
Ramirez is survived by his wife and three sons.
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