Lawmakers threaten to cut aid to El Salvador over Supreme Court showdown
By Julian Pecquet - 07/17/12 07:25 PM EDT
“The administration must be clear in its engagement that if concrete measures to restore the constitutional and democratic order in El Salvador are not soon implemented, the United States will have no choice but to consider a variety of bilateral actions that would reflect this lack of a democratic framework. These options would include immediately suspending any further consideration of a second Millennium Challenge Corporation compact, review and denial of U.S. visas for individuals participating in or facilitating the continuation of the existing unconstitutional order, and the immediate termination of any U.S. technical assistance through said individuals or institutions under the Partnership for Growth.”
El Salvador was ravaged by civil war between the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front and the U.S.-backed military government between 1980 and 1992. The United States signed a $461-million, five-year Millennium Challenge Corporation compact with the impoverished country in 2006, which is up for renewal after its completion in September.