The last sentence in Peter D. Bell's article ("Central American Presidents Show Real Grit in Quest for Peace, Opinion, Oct. 18) should be our first concern, for Bell accurately describes the crucial element needed for Central American peace: U.S. support.
Arias is a worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and his fellow Central American presidents have shown great courage in standing up for peace in view of notable lack of U.S. support for both the Contadora and Arias peace plans.
Yet the lack of official Administration support need not hamper the momentum of the Arias plan. Grass-roots support can keep it alive; all we need to do is to write or call our elected officials and ask them to support the Arias plan.
NICHOLAS R. RAY