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El Salvador: Military Assistance Has Helped Counter But Not Overcome the Insurgency: Nsiad-91-166

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Pages: 42

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Bibliogov (29 July 2013)

By: U S Government Accountability Office (G (Creator), U S Government Accountability Office ( (Creator)

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the impact of U.S. military assistance to El Salvador, focusing on El Salvador's: (1) ability to counter insurgent forces: (2) military capabilities: and (3) attempts to instill and support respect for democracy and human rights.
GAO found that: (1) military victory eluded the Salvadoran government, since the insurgents continued to have sufficient strength and logistical support to attack economic infrastructure and military targets: (2) Salvadoran force operations were constrained, since two-thirds of the armed forces were needed to guard military installations and economic targets, and the majority of soldiers were young and inexperienced: (3) progress in negotiations between the government and the insurgents was limited to the establishment of an agenda and the signing of a human rights agreement: (4) since 1980, U.S. equipment, supplies, training, and services have improved and sustained the military capabilities of Salvadoran forces: (5) despite improvements in military capabilities, such problems as lack of coordination, poor planning, and leadership problems reduced military effectiveness: (6) problems replacing and repairing damaged and obsolete donated U.S. equipment contributed to El Salvador's difficulty in maintaining all levels of equipment: (7) although U.S. influence helped promote respect for human rights and democracy, it was unable to stop serious human rights violations: (8) the Salvadoran military promoted a greater awareness and observance of international human rights standards by providing human rights training to military personnel and establishing a human rights office: and (9) statistics indicated a decrease in political violence committed against civilians.


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