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New US envoy to Guatemala announces $20 million in aid

The new US ambassador to Guatemala, Alberto Piedra Martinez, announced the United States will give Guatemala an additional $20 million in economic aid this year, the Foreign Ministry said. Congress approved the $20 million last week, bringing the total of US aid for 1984 to $24.5 million. The $4.5 million was for military aid. It will be spent in the western highlands, where leftist guerrillas have been battling Guatemala's military governments for five years.

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Guatemala had not received military aid since 1977, when the military government rejected it after the State Department issued a report critical of human rights voilations.

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