RIVERA Y DAMAS URGES CRISTIANI TO INVESTIGATE KILLINGS (FARABUNDO MARTI NATIO

Created: 11/19/1989

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SUBJ: AHAS URGES CRISTIANI TO INVESTIGATE KILLINGS

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((TEXT)) SAN SALVADOR, OVFE) -- SAN SALVADOR ARCHBISHOP ARTUROAHAS TODAY URGED PRESIDENT ALFREDO CRISTIANI AND THE ARMED FORCES TO INVESTIGATE THE ASSASSINATION OF THE SIX JESUITS. "BECAUSE THERETRONG PRESUMPTION THAT THE ASSASSINS HAY BE ARMED FORCES MEMBERS OR PEOPLE CLOSELY LINKED WITH THE ARMY."

"PRESIDENT CRISTIANI AND THE ARMY'S HIGH COMMAND HAVE PROMISED TOHOROUGH INVESTIGATION. VE HAVE TAKEN THEIR WORD NOT JUST BECAUSE THERE SHOULD BE JUSTICE. BUT ALSO BECAUSE THERETRESUMPTION THAT THE ASSASSINS MAY BE FROM THE ARMED FORCES OR PEOPLE "VERY CLOSELY RELATED TO THE ARMEDAMAS SAID DURING THE SUNDAY HOMILY.

FOLLOWING THE RELIGIOUS CEREMONY, HELD AT THE "SACRED HEART* BASILICA, AND IN THE PRESENCE OF SOMEEWSMEN, RIVERA SAID: TAND BY NY PREVIOUS STATEMENT. OPE THIS UILL MOTIVATE PRESIDENT CRISTIANI AND THE ARMED FORCES."

ACCORDING TOROUP OF PEOPLE WEARING MILITARY UNIFORMS ASSASSINATED THE JESUITS ONOVEMBERFIVE SPANIARDS

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ALVADOPANINCLUDING CENTRAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY RECTOR IGNACIO ELLACURIA. TNE ASSASSINS ALSO KILLED TWO DOMESTIC WORKERS. THE JESUITS WERE BURIED TODAY AT THE CHAPEL OF THE CENTRAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY WHERE THEY HAD BEEN WORKING FOR THE PASTEARS.

SAN SALVADOR AUXILIARY BISHOP GREGORIO ROSA CHAVEZ, WHO CELEBRATED THE MASSALONG WITHAMAS AND THE GERMAN BISHOF EMILLE STELLESAID THAT THE CHURCH "IS CARRYING OUT INTENSE EFFORTS TO HALT THE COMBAT, CONTINUE THE DIALOGUE PROCESS, AND END THE WAR IN THE COUNTRY."

ACCORDING TO ROSA CHAVEZ, THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL AS THE FA RABUN DO MARTI NATIONAL LIBERATIONUERRILLAS "AGREE THAT THE CHURCH SHOULD MEDIATE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES."

MOREOVER, ROSA CHAVES SAID, ONOVEMBER THAT THE BISHOPS MET FOROURS WITH CRISTIANI "TO SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVES TO SOLVE THEND TO END THE WAR THAT HAS BEEN WAGED FORECADE IN EL SALVADOR. HE ADOED THAT WITH THE ARRIVAL OF THE OAS SECRETARY GENERAL JOAO BAENA SOARES, JOINT EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TOEACEFUL SOLUTION TO THE WAR.

AMAS STRESSED THAT THE CLASHES BETWEEN THE ARMY AND THE CUERRILLAS DURINC THE PAST WEEK HAVE RESULTED INILLED, AND AN UNDETERMINED NUMBER OF HOUSES DESTROYED.

"THE FMLN OFFENSIVE HAS BEEN USELESS AND UNJUSTIFIED, BUT THE ARMY'S RESPONSE WITH THE AIR FORCE AND THE ARTILLERY HAS BEENAMAS SAID. HE REQUESTED THAT THE "LESS AFFECTED" POPULATION -TO BE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE MORE NEEDY."

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