The Bush administration says it is reviewing the possibility of resuming military supplies to the Salvadoran army after receiving intelligence reports that guerrilla forces are planning a new offensive.
Fifty percent of the $42.5 million in planned military aid for the Salvadoran army was withheld last October by a congressional order as an incentive for the government and the Farabundo Marti Liberation Movement to end their long war.The order stated that all U.S. military aid could only be delivered if the rebels refused to participate in the peace process, killed civilians or government officials or received weapons from outside sources.
If intelligence reports about a forthcoming FMLN offensive are correct, it would automatically allow for a resumption of military deliveries.
"We have reliable information that the FMLN plans new intensive military attacks to begin the new year," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher, who said the movement declared a nine-day truce for Christmas.
The self-declared truce by the FMLN ended a spate of violence which, according to the United States, caused 16 civilian deaths and 108 civilian casualties. Also, the violence damaged farms, public transportation and banks.