by Christopher Rails ARCHBISHOP Romero's former secretary was in London last week to talk about El Salvador's worsening situation.
Roberto Cuellar met a group of journalists at the House of Commons last Thursday. The Catholic Labour MP, Mr Dennis Canavan, was also in attendance, and spoke of his visit to El Salvador with an all-party British delegation three years ago.
Mr Cuellar warned of grave
instability in Central America if preventive action was not taken soon. He described Central America as one of the most serious problem areas in the world.
Mr Cuellar, who still works for the legal aid office in San Salvador. instanced recent atrociites in the country. lie said that just over a month ago the government claimed to have wiped out 132 guerrillas in a military offensive.
"These 132 'guerrillas' turn out to be 36 children aged 1-15, 44 women aged 15-60, and 10 entire families." said Mr Cuellar.
. He spoke of the gradual deterioration in the credibility of the government, and said: "never before has 1.he violation of human rights reached the present level of horror."
The government. he said. has planned elections for March 1982, but these would he a total
failure because at least 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and electoral areas by the pesent troubles, and could not possibly vote.
He said all five parties standing in the elections were to a greater or lesser extent supporters of the paramilitary and the present regime, and added: "We have always pushed for elections in which the people can take a full part."