Nicaragua: Guerrillas Without Guns

Guerrillas Without Guns

With the U.S. Congress rejecting two versions of contra aid packages in the past six weeks, the Nicaraguan rebels have found themselves fighting with their backs to the wall. Last week rebel leaders made two major decisions that reflected their desperation. First, they agreed to attend peace talks with the Sandinistas on March 21 in the Nicaraguan village of Sapoa. They thus dropped their once adamant demand that President Daniel Ortega Saavedra first institute internal reforms. The officials say they will probably have to withdraw half of the roughly 8,000 fighters from Nicaraguan territory by mid- April because of a lack...

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