INTRODUCTION: In El Salvador, President Jose Napoleon Duarte has called on leftist guerrilla to lay down their arms.
SVs Soldiers with captured weapons (3 shots)
SCU Soldier displaying captured documents
SV Soldiers with captured arms (3 shots)
SV PAN Shells and guns on display (2 shots)
SV Mines and shells on display
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In El Salvador, President Jose Napoleon Duarte has called on leftist guerrilla to lay down their arms. He told a press conference on Tuesday (20 January) that this month's offensive by anti-government forces had been a failure, and he appealed to the guerrillas to allow peace to return to the country.
SYNOPSIS: The week-long offensive by anti-government forces ended last weekend (17-18 January) with an unofficial death toll of a thousand. Government forces claim they broke the back of the offensive and that only 142 government troops died in the fighting.
Hundreds of weapons, including ant-aircraft guns, mines and shells that had been captured from the guerrillas were displayed in Santa Ana and at the National Guard headquarters in the capital, San Salvador.
Leftist leaders maintain that the present lull in fighting is only a tactical retreat. Guillermo Uno of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Front (FDR) said on Tuesday (20 January) that the guerrillas had never pretended they could oust the civilian-military junta in a few days. He said they were regrouping fresh forces for another onslaught.