Central America Giving Peace Another Chance

Nicaragua promises key concessions -- and buys more time

For Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez, it was a moment of truth. He had won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize with a plan to end the violent political struggles that have long plagued Central America. But his five-month-old blueprint, far from halting the region's civil wars, had not even kept the combatants at the bargaining table. "The will for peace does not exist right now," conceded Arias before meeting last week with the four other Central American Presidents who had originally endorsed his plan in Guatemala City. "In 150 days, we have not been able to advance by much in...

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