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Nicaragua / Honduras Border Incident / United States Role #114500

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 20, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Admin. efforts to allay fears that United States troops will go into combat in Honduras because Nicaraguan government troops have withdrawn back across border reported Report introduced.

(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Training exercise for United States troops in Honduras reported; scenes shown. [On "This Wk.", national security advisor Lieutenant General Colin POWELL - says you can't eliminate every possibility of combat.] [On "Meet the Press", Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says forces are there should Nicaraguans invade Honduras.] Refusal by United States of Honduran request to ferry its troops closer to border. [POWELL - says battle is over.] Probability events along border will cause renewal of Contra aid discussed. [Senator John McCAIN - says we need to renew aid.] [Senator Christopher DODD - says events enhance President Reagan's position.] Scheduled Sandinista-Contra cease-fire talks noted.

(Masaya, Nicaragua: Peter Collins) Exclusive pictures of fighting along border featured. [Nicaraguan vice foreign minister Victor Hugo TINOCO - says troops are in Nicaraguan territory and Contras are in Honduras.] Scenes shown of operation aimed at Contra camps on Honduras side of Coco River and from Contra camps themselves; indications that Sandinistas were actually across border examined. Mass for peace in Masaya, Nicaragua, reported; scenes shown.

Collins, Peter;
Donaldson, Sam;
Meserve, Jeanne

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