Central America: Speaking His Peace

Mr. Arias comes to Washington, but not everybody cheers

The House of Representatives hummed with excitement as Congressmen and Senators, many with their spouses and children in tow, awaited the man of the hour. When Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez arrived, the crowd swept to its feet as shouts of "Bravo! Bravo!" echoed through the chamber. That exuberant welcome was a measure of the respect that Arias has won on Capitol Hill for the peace plan conceived by him and signed two months ago by five Central American Presidents in Guatemala City. Arias' 30-minute address to the informal joint gathering of Congress was teeming with platitudes and somewhat short...

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