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Nicaragua Asks U.N. Council Meeting on Envoy’s Home Raided With AM-Panama

January 4, 1990

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Nicaragua asked the Security Council to meet in urgent session next Monday to denounce the ransacking by U.S. troops of the residence of Nicaragua’s ambassador to Panama.

The Nicaraguan Mission said deputy U.N. envoy Daysi Estela Moncada Bermudez made the request in a letter to Security Council President Amara Essy and in a meeting Wednesday.

No immediate response came from the council.

The Organization of American States will discuss the issue Friday.

Nicaragua also sent a letter to Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar protesting the killing of two nuns in Nicaragua, an attack the Managua government has linked to the U.S.-backed Contra rebels. The Contras denied it.

Nicaragua did not request a council meeting at this time, but asked that its protest be circulated in the Security Council and General Assembly.

The first letter said U.S. soldiers invaded the ambassador’s residence and later ransacked the home of another Nicaraguan diplomat in Panama City Sunday.

President Bush said the raid on the ambassador’s residence was a ″screw- up,″ but asked why a diplomat needed the heavy weapons that were found there.

The Nicaraguan letter called the U.S. invasion and occupation of Panama ″not only a violation of the U.N. Charter, but also a grave threat to international peace and security in the region.″

Cuba and Nicaragua have called urgent meetings of the Security Council and the General assembly to condemn the U.S. invasion as a breach of international law. The United States, Britain and France vetoed proposed criticism in the Security Council, but last Friday the General Assembly sternly rebuked the United States.

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