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Guatemala apologises for Bay of Pigs role

Published 18/02/2009

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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