AP - A new panel will work to declassify military documents that should shed light on killings, torture and other human rights violations during Guatemala's 36-year civil war, President Alvaro Colom announced Monday.

The documents will likely include details on the role of the military and the presidential guards, both of which have been accused of carrying out atrocities during the war that ended in 1996 and killed some 200,000 people, mostly Mayan Indians.

Colom announced the new team at a ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of a U.N. report that found the army responsible for 95 percent of human rights violations during the war.

RLCC: 200,000 was a huge percentage of the population. It was ethnic cleansing.

Originally from Yahoo! News: World - Latin America on February 25, 2008, 5:39pm

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