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World IN BRIEF : GUATEMALA : Opposition Cheers Military Aid Freeze

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Guatemalan opposition groups cheered the U.S. State Department’s decision to freeze military aid to the Central American government, but President Vinicio Cerezo Arevalo called the move “drastic.” The opposition attributed the decision to the government’s slow response to human rights abuses and called it a “warning to the new government,” scheduled to be chosen in a runoff election Jan. 6 between conservative opposition party candidates Jorge Carpio and Jorge Serrano.


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