Central America: Much Talk About Talks

To appease Congress, the U.S. leans toward negotiations in El Salvador

"A sea change in attitudes." Thus did Democratic Congressman Clarence D. Long of Maryland last week describe the latest act in what has become a lengthy, confusing and important political psychodrama over U.S. involvement in war-torn El Salvador. Long, who is chairman of the 13-member House Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, had just listened to Secretary of State George Shultz express support for what seemed to be a new and more moderate solution to El Salvador's ugly three-year civil war.

According to Shultz,...

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