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Peru's President Opposes Lawmaker's Call for Amnesty

Peru's president says he opposes a lawmaker's proposal to grant amnesty to members of the armed forces accused of committing human rights violations.

President Alejandro Toledo's comments Tuesday are in response to legislator Luis Iberico call to dismiss charges against more than 600 military members charged with abuses during the 1980s and 1990s.

During those decades, the government was battling a Maoist guerilla group called the Shining Path. Some 70,000 people were killed during that 20-year period.

In 2003, Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Committee determined Shining Path was responsible for most of the deaths, but also blamed the military for deaths and abuses.

Some of the accused have begun standing trial in Peruvian civilian courts.

Meanwhile, Shining Path guerrillas continue to stage attacks in Peru.

Some information for this report provided by AP.