Honduran president hopes for peace on anniversary of 1969 Salvadoran war
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- The Honduran president
commemorated the 30th anniversary of his nation's brief but bloody war with
El Salvador on Monday by urging Central Americans to strengthen peace in
"Peace is fundamental and the cornerstone for the economic and social
progress of the nations," President Carlos Flores Facusse said. "I hope that
not one more drop of blood will be spilled on Central American soil."
The president spoke in a ceremony to mark the July 1969 war which began
when Salvadoran soldiers invaded Honduras to fight over disputed border
The 100-hour conflict killed 6,000 people and wounded 20,000. Another
50,000 Hondurans lost their homes and lands when Salvadoran soldiers
razed their property.
The two nations signed peace accords brokered by the Organization of
American States in October 1980. A 1992 agreement granted Honduras 68
percent of the disputed territory.