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Colombian President Defends Amnesty for Paramilitary Troops

Widely criticized for his proposal to grant amnesty to violent paramilitary members, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe yesterday defended the idea in Washington and New York as essential to his country’s long-sought peace. “I understand the concern raised by offering alternative sentences for grave crimes,” Uribe told the United Nations. “But in a context of 30,000 terrorists, it must be understood that a definitive peace is the best justice for a nation in which several generations have never lived a single day without the occurrence of a terrorist act.” In Washington, Uribe met with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell before traveling to Capitol Hill; 56 members of Congress wrote Uribe last week that the deal “would amount to impunity for serious human rights violations.” He is due to meet President Bush today. Full Story

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