LIMA, Peru -- El Salvador and Honduras Thursday signed a peace treaty putting an end to an 11-year-old squabble that once plunged the neighboring Central Amerian nations into the undeclared 'Soccer War' in 1969.
Salvadoran Foreign Minister Fidel Chavez Mena and his Honduras colleague Cesar Elvir Sierra initialed the seven-point peace document at the newly named 'Great Hall of Peace' at the Peruvian presidential palace.
'We hope the treaty will help alleviate tension in the area,' said Elvir Sierra. 'We also hope it will bring back fraternity and concorde to Central America.'
Chavez Mena agreed with his colleague and urged the Salvadoran people to solve the war-torn nation's problems through peaceful means.
'There is nothing that cannot be solved through dialogue,' said the diplomatic head of El Salvador's civilian-military junta.
The treaty was also signed by former Peru President Jose Luis Bustamante y Rivero, who conducted the successful two-year mediation effort at the request of the Organization of American States.
The accord establishes free transit across their common border and the quick resumption of diplomatic and consular relations. The break in relations hampered development of the Central American Common Market.
It also calls for the drafting of formulas to solve the border issues, reactivate the Central American Common Market, iron out claims and enforce human rights.
Hostilities arose over the presence of squatters from El Salvador, one of the most densely populated nations in the hemisphere, in Honduras, which has relatively few people.
In July 1969, following bloody riots that marred the qualifying matches between both countries for the 1970 World Soccer Championship, fighting broke out for 100-hours.
The so-called Soccer War left some 2,500 people dead and led to a break in diplomatic and commercial ties.