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Salvadorean businessmen criticize former US envoy

A group of Salvadorean businessmen has launched a publicity offensive against former US Ambassador Robert E. White, claiming he plays a key role in an ''odious'' effort by ''liberals'' to link prominent Salvadoreans with death squads.

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The El Salvador Chamber of Commerce of Industry charges that Mr. White is violating human rights by spreading lies about the Salvadoreans. The group vigorously denied, in a full-page advertisement Wednesday in the newspaper El Diario de Hoy, that Roberto Hill, a wealthy landowner and businessman, is connected with death squad activity - an allegation White reportedly made.

Mr. White, now a professor at Simmons College in Boston, was dismissed as ambassador after criticized the Reagan administration's foreign policy toward Central America.

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