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April 07, 1986

In an effort to keep foundering peace talks alive, Latin American foreign ministers meeting in Panama City pressed a reluctant Nicaragua to stay in the negotiations, officials said. Eight ministers, representing the Contadora Group and its supporters, were trying to persuade five quarreling Central American nations to fix a deadline for signing some kind of regional treaty. Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala expressed willingness, but Nicaragua's Sandinista regime was holding out for strong condemnation of U.S. aid to anti-Sandinista rebels.

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