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U.S. agrees to donate $15 million for peace support

January 14, 1997

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ The U.S. Agency for International Development will donate $15.5 million for programs to help this Central American nation wage peace.

The money, provided by Washington, is part of an estimated $50 million the United States plans to spend to support programs implementing a final peace accord signed here Dec. 29.

The nation’s economy and infrastructure are in a shambles after 36 years of the region’s bitterest, bloodiest and longest civil war.

Finance Minister Jose Alejandro Arevalo Alburez, U.S. Ambassador Donald Planty and AID Guatemala director William Stacy Rhodes were among the officials who signed the agreement Monday in a ceremony here.

Officials will use $10 million to reintegrate about 3,000 leftist guerrillas into society and build basic infrastructure and buy land for peasants displaced in the conflict.

The remaining $5.5 million will fund vocational and university education.

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