No Obama apology for Pinochet
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March 21st, 2011
07:33 PM ET

No Obama apology for Pinochet

SANTIAGO, Chile (CNN) –­ U.S. President Barack Obama admitted on Monday that relations with Latin America have often been "extremely rocky," but he fell far short of the apology that protesters had demanded for past American support of Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet.

During a press conference in the Chilean capital, Obama told reporters it was time to look forward, not backward.

"The history of relations between the United States and Latin America have at times been extremely rocky and have at times been difficult," he said when asked about U.S. involvement in Pinochet's 1973 military coup. "But we're not trapped by our history," he added.

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