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April 15, 1988 | MICHAEL WINES, Times Staff Writer
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez charged the Soviet Union on Thursday with aiding leftist rebels in defiance of a Central American peace accord and urged President Reagan to press the issue with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev at their Moscow summit meeting late next month. Speaking to the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Arias said he is "very disappointed" with Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze.
January 15, 1988 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, Times Staff Writer
President Oscar Arias Sanchez said Thursday that his Central American peace plan faces imminent collapse unless Nicaragua acts immediately to comply with its requirements for democratic reform. On the eve of a regional summit to judge results of the five-nation peace accord he wrote, Arias said that U.S. aid to Nicaraguan rebels and the superpower rivalry in the region are also obstacles to cease-fires in its three guerrilla wars.
December 18, 1987 | From Reuters
President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica welcomed a two-day Christmas cease-fire in Nicaragua but said Thursday that a longer truce is essential to Central American peace. Arias is visiting here after getting the Nobel Prize for his peace efforts in Central America.
December 2, 1987 | From Reuters
This Central American nation marked 39 years without an army Tuesday, and House Speaker Jim Wright urged other countries to follow Costa Rica's "shining example" in seeking peace worldwide. Wright, a Texas Democrat accused by the Reagan Administration of overstepping his role in foreign policy, said the hemisphere would owe Costa Rica its gratitude if a Central American peace plan authored by President Oscar Arias Sanchez is successful. Earlier, both Arias and Wright welcomed a proposal by U.S.
November 2, 1987 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, Times Staff Writer
Margarita Penon de Arias is fond of a photograph of her husband taken during his campaign for president. It shows a serious-looking young man standing on a speaker's platform between two aides, their hands clasped and arms raised in a gesture of expectant triumph. The first lady of Costa Rica laughs when she looks at that picture now, because she remembers how awkward the pose was for Oscar Arias Sanchez. "He was not exactly your image of a fiery Latino politician," she says.
November 1, 1987 | MARJORIE MILLER, Times Staff Writer
President Oscar Arias Sanchez, architect of the Central American peace plan, believes that the assassination of a Salvadoran human rights activist and the ensuing suspension of Salvadoran cease-fire talks are a "very, very serious" setback for the plan. In Nicaragua the peace process also is "at an impasse," the Costa Rican president said, and he insisted that the Sandinista government negotiate a cease-fire with the U.S.
October 28, 1987 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Labor Writer
The AFL-CIO adopted a strong resolution Tuesday supporting the Central American peace plan of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. The resolution was adopted by voice vote without dissent by the 726 delegates to the labor group's biennial convention here and was part of a lengthy measure on foreign affairs issues.
October 14, 1987 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, Times Staff Writer
President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica, the youthful leader of a tiny country with no army, was awarded the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday for writing a peace plan for his war-torn Central American neighbors and persuading their leaders to sign it. The Norwegian Nobel Committee's selection was a surprise because it was based on achievements after the Feb. 1 deadline for nominations.
August 26, 1987 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) said Tuesday that he has arranged for Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez to address Congress on his region's peace plan Sept. 22, only days before the Reagan Administration is expected to ask for new funds for the Nicaraguan contras. Wright, intensifying his active role in the Central American peace process, made the announcement after a luncheon meeting with ambassadors from Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras.
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