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Reps. Sires and Torres Urge President Bukele to Pursue Peace

Feb 7, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (D-CA) sent a letter to President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador, expressing deep concern about recent incidents of violence. They urged President Bukele to convey messages of peace and to avoid stoking divisions and unrest:

“As longtime friends of El Salvador, we write to express our deep concern regarding the recent attack against Doctors Without Borders staff in San Salvador, as well as the killing of two individuals returning from a political rally,” the members wrote. “We urge you to fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s independent investigations of these violent attacks and to use the influence of your office to pursue peace, justice, and unity.

“As members of the United States Congress, we know too well what can happen when political leaders respond to warning signs of violent unrest with vitriolic messages of misinformation, division, and fear,” the members continued. “As President of El Salvador, we urge you to use the power of your office not to stoke divisions in the interest of political gain, as former President Trump did, but to convey messages of peace and unity. With elections rapidly approaching, we implore you to unambiguously call for an end to violence, to express your full commitment to using the Salvadoran Government’s resources to ensure the safety of humanitarian workers operating in the country, and to advocate for the full autonomy and independence of Attorney General Melara to thoroughly investigate these attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The full text of the letter can be found here.