Monday, March 2, 2009

Guatemala Leader Apologizes To Civil War Victims

Guatemala City (AFP)--President Alvaro Colom Wednesday formally apologized to the victims of the country's 1960-1996 civil war, 10 years after a U.N.- sponsored report came out on the atrocities largely committed by the military.

"As president of the republic, head of government and commander in chief of the army, I ask for your forgiveness, because the system was at fault," Colom said at a ceremony on National Dignification Day, commemorating the estimated 200,000 civil war victims.

"How did (the system) go so far, I don't know. How could we as a society go that far, I don't know. But we went a long way," he said of the period the U.S.- backed government and military of Guatemala waged war against leftist insurgents.

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