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Thursday, 22 June, 2000, 11:29 GMT 12:29 UK
Uruguay nears finalisation of "Peace Commission"

The President of Uruguay, Jorge Batlle, will today meet a delegation of relatives of those who disappeared during the military rule of the 1970s and 1980s.

The meeting -- the third between the two sides - is an attempt to iron out disagreements over the composition of a proposed Peace Commission to investigate the disappearances.

A representative for the families of the disappeared Javier Miranda said Commission members wouldn't necessarily be political or civic representatives, but it was important that a broad spectrum of representation be reached.

An official list of members is expected to be finalised by next week. A law passed in 1989 guaranteed police and military immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during military rule.

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