Central America Eyeing a Dialogue

Ortega offers half an olive branch, but Washington insists on the whole bough

Something was in the air. Earlier in the week, posters tacked on Managua telephone poles had declared: NO TO A DIALOGUE WITH THE CONTRAS. By Wednesday, however, the signs had been ripped down, and squawking radios urged Nicaraguans to support peace efforts in Central America. But the 50,000 people who jammed Managua's Revolution Plaza on Thursday night got more than they had bargained for. An exhausted President Daniel Ortega Saavedra, just returned from Moscow, announced that his Sandinista government would make three concessions to demonstrate Nicaragua's "firm will to contribute to regional peace."

First came the easy news: 981 prisoners would...

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