Central America Still Gunning for Peace

Remember the Nov. 5 cease-fire deadline? Don't count on it

Central America last week pursued peace with guns blazing and negotiators vacillating. In El Salvador, a brutal political slaying provoked the leftist guerrillas to cancel talks with the government. In Costa Rica, Nicaraguan Indian rebels charged that the Sandinistas had backed out of scheduled talks. And in Nicaragua, the Sandinistas reaffirmed their public line against negotiating an overall settlement with the U.S.-backed contra rebels, even as a regional peace plan is supposed to go into effect this week. Warned Comandante Bayardo Arce: "There will never, at any time or in any place, be any direct or indirect political dialogue with the...

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