Nicaragua Taking a Baby Step Toward Peace

Talks inch forward as Congress approves more aid for the contras

If peace is the absence of hostilities, then peace prevailed in Nicaragua last week. More accurately, a fragile truce seemed to be holding as representatives of the Sandinistas and the contras gathered in the dusty town of Sapoa to approve the fine points of a cease-fire agreement signed there two weeks ago. But the studied exercise in trust was only half the picture. At the very moment contra field commanders and their Sandinista counterparts were meeting, other rebel leaders were in Washington petitioning for additional aid. The appeal netted a fresh infusion of humanitarian funds and the possibility of renewed military...

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