November 27, 1989 |
El Salvador's decision to suspend relations with Nicaragua has dealt a crippling and perhaps fatal blow to a Central American peace process that, just a month ago, seemed moving toward a settlement of guerrilla wars in both countries. Since August, 1987, four landmark agreements among the region's presidents have diverted much of the U.S.-backed Contra war against Nicaragua's Sandinista rulers into a broadly contested political campaign that is to culminate in national elections next Feb. 25.
October 29, 1989 |
President Bush on Saturday denounced Nicaragua's decision to resume warfare against the Contras, calling the move by President Daniel Ortega "shameful" and "outrageous." Ortega announced Friday that his Sandinista government will unilaterally end a 19-month cease-fire in the war with the U.S.-backed rebels.
August 15, 1988
Costa Rican National Guardsmen have killed one Nicaraguan rebel and arrested two others in a clash on Costa Rican territory, a Security Ministry spokesman said. Carlos Jimenez said that a group of 40 guardsmen clashed with about 30 Contras on Saturday about a mile south of the San Juan River on Costa Rica's border with Nicaragua. There were no casualties on the Costa Rican side, he added.
August 5, 1988 |
President Oscar Arias Sanchez said Thursday that the Sandinista rulers in Nicaragua are "bad guys" who have "unmasked themselves" as anti-democratic and deserve to be punished for breaking the Central American peace agreement. In his harshest criticism of the Sandinistas, the author of the peace accord said he was prepared to urge non-military pressures on them to resume peace talks with U.S.-backed Contras and end political repression. He did not spell out any proposed sanctions.
November 22, 1987 |
Two officers of Nicaragua's army stole a Soviet-made airplane Saturday and flew to Costa Rica, where they sought political asylum, Costa Rican officials said. Carlos Gadea Arostenos and Jacinto Ramirez Mendez landed the 16-seat army aircraft with Russian markings in Las Piedras, in the province of Guanacaste, the Department of Public Security officials reported.
October 24, 1987 |
The government has suspended a program allowing its citizens to visit relatives in Costa Rica each weekend, citing decisions by hundreds of Nicaraguans to remain in that neighboring country. Federico Lopez Arguello, the president's representative in southeastern Nicaragua, announced the move late Thursday, accusing Costa Rican officials of trying to persuade Nicaraguans to seek refugee status there.