GUATEMALAN OFFICERS VIEWS OF DETERIORATING BILATERAL RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED

Created: 10/28/1992

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'GOVERNMENT'3 ACTIVE INTEREST IN ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSBS BY THE

GUATEMALAN ARMY OR SECURITY SERVICES. REACHED

THEIR LOWEST POINT IN RECENT YBARS AFTfeB s. GOVERNMENTOURIST VISA TO SAN CARLOS UNIVERSITY STUDENT ACTIVISTRRUTIA)) GARCIAUGUST. (FIELD COMMENT: URRUTIA WAS KIDNAPPED ONULY IN GUATEMALA CITY AND RELEASED SHORTLY THEREAFTER BY AN UNIDENTIFIED GROUP OF ARMED INDIVIDUALS. WHILE THE GUATEMALAN GOVERNMENT IDENTIPIBS URRUTIAUERRILLA SYMPATHIZER AND ACTIVIST AND DISAVOWS ANY KNOWLEDGE OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER KIDNAPPING, URRUTIA CLAIMS SHE WAS ABDUCTED BY MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY FORCES.)

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NATIONAL REVOLUTIONARY UNION POLITICAL LEADER IN MEXICO, DR. LUIS FELIPE ECKER)) GUZMAN, WAS INTERESTED IN APPLYING OR MAY HAVE ALREADY APPLIED. VISA. ACCORDING TO

BECKER SUPPORTS TERRORISM. AND. GOVERNMENT WOULD UiKAHLX 'BEERRORIST IF HE HEREISA AND PERMITTED TO ENTERJ. REGARDING ANOTHER HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION, SOME SENIOR GUATEMALAN ARMY OFFICERS BELIEVE. GOVERNMENT IS SUPPORTING EFFORTS BY THE FAMILY OF MURDERED GUATEMALAN ANTHROPOLOGIST MYRNAACK)) CHANG TO IMPLICATE OR IDENTIFY GUATEMALAN OFFICERS AS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER0 MURDER.

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FREQUENTLY' JUJbSHbU HI THE VhKLtllVKi; ATTITUDE. OFFICIALS THAT GOVERNMENT FORCES ARE ALWAYS GUILTY OF ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES EVEN BEFORE INVESTIGATIONS HAVE BEGUN. GUATEMALAN MILITARY OFFICERS VIEN AS LEFTIST PROPAGANDA MOST OF THE ACCUSATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS WHICH COME FROM PERSONS AFFILIATED WITH POLITICAL FRONT GROUPS FOR GUERRILLA ORGANIZATIONS. THE OFFICERS CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW THE UjS. GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS AT FACB VALUE SUCH CHARGES WHEN. HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMBATED COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA AND PERSEVERED TO WIN THE COLD WAR. SENIOR OFFICERS ARE ANGRY THAT. GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DENY MILITARY ASSISTANCE TO THB GUATEMALAN ARMED FORCES BECAUSE OP ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. THEY ALSOENERAL

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TRBHD THAT. ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE IS ERODING AND FORESEE LITTLE INCENTIVE TO ACCEPT ANY. GOVERNMENT PRESSURE TO INVESTIGATE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.

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DEAL OF DISCONTENT WITHfN THE AK.TKU FORCES. ESPECIALLY THE OVER THE DETERIORATION IN RELATIONS 3ETWBBN. HOST SENIOR OFFICERS BELIEVE BILATERAL RELATIONS ARBis -owitsTss. BBBCEPTION THAT TH3UNJUSTLY CRITICIZING THE ARMED FORCES AND THAT THERE IS FOR TUB MILITARY TO SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS. INIS DISCONTENT WITHIN THE ARMED FORCES BECAUSE OF A WHILE THE HUMAN RIGHTS PROBLEM HAS IMPROVED, THE ARMY ISATTACK THAN BEFORE. THE ARMY CONTINUES TO BB CRITICIZEDGROUPS. . GOVERNMENT. AND GUATEMALANPOLITICIANS. THEREENERAL BELIEF THAT VARIOUS SECTORSSOCIETY AND INTERNATIONAL GROUPS ARE TRYING TO DESTROYAS AN INSTITUTION. THERE ALSO ARE GROWING COMPLAINTSOFFICERS REGARDING THEIR LOW SALARIES IN COMPARISON TOGUATEMALAN CONGRESSMEN. MILITARY OFFICERS BELIEVE THIS GIVEN THAT THEY SACRIFICE THEIR LIVESEGULARCONGRESS IS COWCERKED WITH PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN. THIS IS LEADING TO GROWING DISCONTENT WITH THE

DEMOCRATIC PROCESS WITHIN THE MILITARY OFFICER CORPS. (FIELD

COMMENT: THE MEDIAN SALARY OF OFFICERSUBTZALBS PER MONTH. OR APPROXIMATELY ITS. 0 AT THE CURRENT EXCHANGE RATE. SI EQUALSUBTZALES. GUATEMALAN CONGRESSMENUET2ALES PER MONTH, OR. T THE CURRBNT EXCHANGE RATE.)

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