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U.N., OAS Offer Services for Peace in Central America

November 19, 1986

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ The heads of the United Nations and Organization of American States on Tuesday offered a ″peaceful arsenal″ of services to resolve Central American conflicts.

The offer was made as the General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the Contadora Group of Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama to continue its efforts to mediate in the disputes between Nicaragua and its neighbors and with the United States.

U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar of Peru and OAS Secretary- Gene ral Joao Baena Soares of Brazil met Tuesday with the U.N. envoys of the Contadora members and the Contadora support group of Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.

They also met with envoys of the five Central American nations: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatamala and Nicaragua.

Alvaro DeSoto, special assistant to Perez de Cuellar, called the U.N.-O.A.S proposal an ″offer of services and peaceful arsenal of means that both organizations have at their disposal.″

He said the services include peacekeeping forces; monitors for border and military activities and elections, and the coordination of economic or social aid.

He said he expected the ambassadors to report the offer to their governments and respond later.

In the assembly debate on the Central American resolution, U.S. Sen. Paul S. Trible, R-Va., said the Contra rebels in Nicaragua ″are trying to ride the wave of democracy sweeping the rest of Latin America.″

Trible is one of several members of Congress who each year serve on the U.S. delegation in the assembly.

He said the United States supports the effort of the Contadora countries to find a solution that will bring growth, democracy and peace to Central America.

″The institution in each country of truly representative government, responsive and accountable to its people, is no less vital to Contadora’s success than the establishment of mechanisms to verify the level of military forces and other treaty commitments,″ he said.

Citing progress toward electoral democracy in Nicaragua’s neighbors, Trible said he considered Nicaragua ″a sad and embittered land where the promise of freedom has been denied to its people.″

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