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Guatemala apologises for Bay of Pigs role

Guatemalan president Alvaro Colom apologised to Cuba for his country allowing the CIA to train exiles in the Central American country for the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

"Today I want to ask Cuba's forgiveness for having offered our country, our territory, to prepare an invasion of Cuba," Mr Colom said during a speech at the University of Havana. "It wasn't us, but it was our territory."

About 1,500 Cuban exiles trained under CIA guidance in Guatemala before invading the island in a failed bid to overthrow Fidel Castro's communist government.

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