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Honduras, El Salvador Officially Mark Joint Border


The presidents of Honduras and El Salvador have formally put an end to a boundary dispute dating back to a short, but bloody conflict between their countries in 1969 that left thousands dead.

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and his Salvadoran counterpart, Elias Antonio Saca, met Tuesday at the tiny border town of El Poy to ratify their 375-kilometer border. A representative from the Organization of American States, along with diplomats, also attended the ceremony along the border.

The border had been in dispute since the brief conflict, which grew in part out of Honduran resentment of Salvadoran migrants. Although a peace accord was later signed in 1980, the case went before the International Court of Justice, which in 1992 set out a boundary giving Honduras 69 percent of the disputed territory in the border area.

With Tuesday's development, both leaders say they plan joint infrastructure projects including a hydroelectric dam.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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