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Kennedy accuses Reagan of edging toward conflict

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D) of Massachusetts accused President Reagan Monday of moving US combat troops ''closer and closer'' to regional conflict. Senator Kennedy said he would attempt to reduce Mr. Reagan's urgent aid request for El Salvador to $21 million when the Senate votes on it later this week. Senator Kennedy also said he would try to delete Reagan's request for $21 million in additional covert aid for anti-Nicaragua guerrillas and to prohibit the deployment of US troops in Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador without congressional approval.

Kennedy said Congress should sustain military aid to El Salvador only through May. ''At that time, we will know who has been elected president (in El Salvador) and we will know whether that government will in fact commit itself to human rights, to land reform, and to the elimination of death squads,'' he said.

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