Central America the Propaganda War

A Shultz-Ortega meeting amid a Nicaraguan "peace offensive"

For the citizens of Uruguay, the occasion was a civic triumph: the inauguration of Julio Maria Sanguinetti, 49, as the tiny South American country's first democratically elected President in 13 years. But for much of the hemisphere, the spotlight in the capital of Montevideo was focused last week on two of the official guests at the ceremonies, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega Saavedra and U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz. The question: After days of high-profile posturing by their respective governments, would the two men agree to talk over their differences?

Ortega made the first move. While the inauguration was taking place,...

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