Reconciliation stressed during UN chief's visit to El Salvador

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Honorary welcome by H.E. Mr. Hugo Roger Martinez Bonilla (Minister of Foreign Affairs, REPUBLIC OF EL SALVADOR) to honour the Secretary-General . UN Photo/Evan Schneider

El Salvador has been praised for the progress it has made in building peace through reconciliation by the United Nations Secretary-General who is visiting the Central American country.

Ban Ki-moon, who arrived in El Salvador on Thursday, will take part in the events to commemorate 23 years of peace in the country.

Peace agreements signed in 1992 between the government and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front ended over a decade of civil war.

Speaking at the airport, Mr. Ban said El Salvador "is close to the heart of the United Nations."

"We were honoured to be partners in peace and I look forward to learn more about your progress during the last 23 years. The Salvadoran people have shown great resilience. You have proven how differences can be breached through reconciliation and dialogue. During my visit I intend to stress the importance of deepening reconciliation with Salvadoran society." (29")

Mr. Ban said that during his visit he looked forward to meeting with President Sanchez Ceren and other senior government officials, as well as leaders of civil society.

He said he will also pay homage at the tomb of Archbishop Romero, whom he described as "an icon of truth and social justice".

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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