WASHINGTON — President Reagan, warning of a history of Sandinista "deceit and broken promises," called on Congress today to approve $270 million in military and humanitarian aid for the contra rebels as an insurance policy for peace in Central America.
Reagan, in a speech to the Organization of American States, called the aid package "a moral obligation" and "the essential guarantee that the Sandinistas will live up to the democratic conditions of the Guatemala accord."
The pact was signed in August by five Central American nations, including Nicaragua.
Although House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) has warned that Reagan has little chance of obtaining such aid, Reagan lectured lawmakers against abandoning the contras after supporting them in the past.
Congress "cannot just walk away," Reagan said. "I have made a personal commitment to them--and I will not walk away."
The President said he would "request and fight for" the $270-million package, which Administration officials have said would go forward before the Nov. 7 cease-fire date called for under the regional peace accord.