On March 22, President Obama will arrive in El Salvador for his last stop on his five-day Latin America tour. On Wednesday March 23rd the President will visit the tomb of Archbishop Romero, just one day before the anniversary of his tragic murder. President Obama’s visit to Oscar Romero’s tomb is extremely historic, and demonstrates the United States and El Salvador have advanced markedly in their bilateral relationship since the devastating days of civil war. For further analysis please listen to WOLA’s latest podcast with Program Director Geoff Thale commenting on the importance of President Obama paying homage to Archbishop Romero.
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Also, we would like to draw your attention to a statement made by Representative James P. McGovern about Obama's visit to the Archbishop Romero's tomb.
STATEMENT BY U.S. REPRESENTATIVE JAMES P. McGOVERN (MA)
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ANNOUNCEMENT TO VISIT THE TOMB
OF SALVADORAN ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO
“I am very gratified that President Obama will visit the tomb of Archbishop Oscar Romero during his time in El Salvador. This act pays homage to a man who was truly dedicated to truth, justice and peace, and who walked with the poor of his country."
“It is important that we not forget all those who died, disappeared and suffered during the civil war. It is equally as important that the U.S. recommit itself to helping and supporting Salvadoran efforts that advance human rights, end impunity, and address hunger and poverty, just as Archbishop Romero commanded us to do."
March 18, 2011
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