The Organisation of American States has called on Honduras and El Salvador to cease-fire in their border war, now nearly three weeks did Honduras has formally accepted the cease-fire, and an OAS peace mission is seeking a similar acceptance from El Salvador.
GV EXT. OAS meeting building
LV Meeting ... delegates seated
MV Honduras delegate ... others in background
CU Delegates from El Salvador
CU Honduras delegate
MV Delegates from Ecuador, PAN to Honduras
MV Meeting in progress
MV Meeting, Chairman in background
CU Honduras delegate writing
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Background: The Organisation of American States has called on Honduras and El Salvador to cease-fire in their border war, now nearly three weeks did Honduras has formally accepted the cease-fire, and an OAS peace mission is seeking a similar acceptance from El Salvador. The dispute began after a football match between the national teams of the two Central American Republics.
The 21-member organisation made the cease-fire call from its headquarters in Washington.
The so-called football war has been bloody and bitter. El Salvador defeated Honduras 3-0 in the football match, early in June. By the 27th June, thousands of nationals of both countries had returned to their homelands, charges of atrocities and genocide were being made and denied by both governments and finally diplomatic relations were broken off, first by El Salvador, later by Honduras.
An OAS mission went to the border between the countries on 8th July. It was composed of representatives from Costa Rica, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
Hostilities involved air attacks by El Salvador together with a limited invasion of Honduran territory. Reports today (Wednesday) speak of a battle raging near the city of Naluteca in Honduras.
Though the Honduran government has accepted the cease-fire, the seven man OAS mission at present in the El Salvador capital, San Salvador, regards the acceptance of the cease-fire terms by El Salvador as more crucial, since El Salvador troops have penetrated Honduran territory.