While voters were electing a new government in El Salvador, United States Secretary of State, Alexander Haig pledged his country's support for the winner.
CU Haig speaking at "Meet The Press" conference.
TRANSCRIPT: HAIG: "If espouse the Democratic process and the people of El Salvador, in credible; credible; elections, select a candidate; why I think that's their business. Now as far as the United States is concerned, we have supported the current regime, based on the reforms that regime has instituted: land reform; improved pluralisation; democratic reform; efforts to improve the human rights situation; economic reform. And clearly, both before the election and after the election, whatever the outcome, it will be adherence to those principles that will determine the level of American support."
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Background: While voters were electing a new government in El Salvador, United States Secretary of State, Alexander Haig pledged his country's support for the winner. Mr. Haig made the commitment while appearing on NBC's "Meet The Press" programme. However, he did qualify his statement by saying that the level of aid to El Salvador will be determined by continuation of current US policies by the new government. Mr. Haig also praised the changes that have been made so far by the head of the present junta, Jose Napoleon Duarte, especially his offer to negotiate with Leftists, providing they lay down their arms.