Argentina to aid El Salvador
San Salvador, El Salvador
Argentine military aid may soon flow to El Salvador, according to Col. Rafael Flores Lima, the country's military chief of staff. The Colonel told reporters here that the Argentine government has offered such aid to the Salvadoran government.
Monitor Latin America correspondent James Nelson Goodsell reports the Colonel's statement tends to confirm previous reports that Argentina was on the verge of aiding the Salvadoran government in its struggle with leftist guerrillas.
Col. Flores Lima did not specify what kind of aid Argentina would offer, but in the past it has been suggested that Argentina might train Salvadoran intelligence officers and offer anti-guerrilla training to other units of the Army. In other Latin American developments:;
* In Panama City, Col. Florencio Florez Aguilar, the commander of Panama's National Guard, was removed from office in what opposition leaders called a military power struggle. President Aristides Royo announced the removal of Col. Florez and named Col. Ruben Dario Paredes to replace him as head of the 11,000 -man guard, Panama's army. The post is regarded the second most important in the country.
* In Havana, the Cuban Communist Party newpaper Granma denounced President Reagan's Caribbean Basin initiative as proof of the ''decadence of imperialism'' and an attempt to crush revolutionary movements. It was the first Cuban response to the Reagan program, outlined late last month.
* In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times quoted Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. saying that the current fighting in El Salvador could be duplicated in Guatemala in ''a matter of weeks or months.'' He put much of the blame for the insurgency in El Salvador on Nicaragua. He also said the situation in Central America may pose a fundamental threat to Mexico in the foreseeable future.
* In Washington, government sources disclosed the US is seeking access to air bases in Honduras and Colombia. The Pentagon said it seeks $21 million in fiscal 1983 for ''airfield improvements'' in the region.
* In Montevideo, Uruguay's military government ordered the opposition weekly newspaper Opinar to suspend publication for the next eight weeks, apparently over a recent attack by the paper on government policies dealing with press freedom.