January 26, 1988 |
President Reagan, who urged Congress in his State of the Union speech to approve renewed aid to the Nicaraguan Contras, intends to dramatize that appeal by sending Secretary of State George P. Shultz on a peace mission to Central America, Administration officials said Monday. They said that the proposed trip marks a last-ditch effort to defuse growing congressional opposition to more Contra aid by demonstrating White House willingness to support the region's stalled peace process.
February 5, 1987 |
The Reagan Administration has joined forces with relatively moderate Nicaraguan rebel leaders to attempt to reduce the power of the largest and most conservative rebel group, the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN), U.S. and contra officials said Wednesday. But the FDN, led by Adolfo Calero, is resisting any move to end its domination of the rebel effort, they said.
January 25, 1988 |
Sandinista forces shot down a cargo plane after it dropped war materiel to U.S.-backed guerrillas inside Nicaragua, government and rebel officials said Sunday. The DC-6 aircraft, with eight crewmen aboard, was hit by two SAM-7 missiles in southeastern Nicaragua after dark Saturday, Lt. Col. Roberto Calderon, a senior Sandinista army commander, told reporters at the crash scene.
January 30, 1988 |
The Nicaraguan government and U.S.-backed Contras ended two days of cease-fire talks Friday without concrete gains, but the two sides agreed to meet again in Guatemala after Congress votes on the Reagan Administration's proposal for $36.25 million in further aid to the rebels. Both sides said a positive atmosphere prevailed in the first face-to-face meeting in nearly seven years of war. A mediator, Roman Catholic Msgr.
June 21, 1988 |
A former CIA station chief in Costa Rica was indicted Monday on charges of conspiracy to provide illegal aid to the Nicaraguan rebels, a sign that independent counsel Lawrence E. Walsh has extended his investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal to focus on the actions of several CIA officials. Joseph F. Fernandez, 51, was charged with helping then-White House aide Oliver L. North deliver guns to the Contras in 1986, during a period when Congress had banned U.S. military aid to the rebels.
August 9, 1989 |
Nicaraguan rebel leaders said Tuesday they will respect an accord by Central American presidents to close their bases in Honduras but might deploy at least half their guerrillas into Nicaragua rather than disarm. The landmark agreement, signed Monday after a five-nation summit, was swallowed with bitter resignation by a Contra movement long dependent on U.S. assistance and Honduran sanctuary--and now on the verge of losing both by the end of the year.