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Ex-Generals and Others Protest Peru Report on Rebel Conflict

Standing amid his medals and gold-encrusted ceremonial sword, Gen. Roberto Clemente Noel, now retired, says his wartime past is full of heroism and sacrifice. The way he sees it, his work as military chief in the Peruvian highlands during a barbarous civil conflict in the 1980’s stopped rebels from toppling the state. Stepping into the study of his elegant colonial-style home, General Noel showed off proclamations in his honor and his book, “Testimony of a Soldier,” in which he defends himself against accusations of vast human rights abuses. “I am proud of the work I have done,” said General Noel, a slight, soft-spoken man of 74. “We protected all the communities.” But his record, and that of several other military officers, has been assailed in a report from a truth commission appointed by the government to examine 20 years of conflict and authoritarianism that ended in Peru in 2000. Full Story

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