We Have to Be Realistic

Prior to his U.S. visit, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez spoke to TIME Correspondent John Moody about the Sandinistas, the contras and his peace plan. Excerpts:

On whether his plan protects U.S. interests. We insist there will not be a lasting peace in the region if there is no democracy, as long as the people of Central America cannot freely choose their leaders. The only reason the contras are not included in the negotiations is that the Nicaraguan government would not accept this condition. We have to be realistic. If we want to achieve peace we cannot establish conditions that...

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