CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 19, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported ordering CIA to begin airlifting weapons to Contras in Nicaragua. Contra leaders noted agreeing to begin direct cease-fire talks with Sandinistas. Reports introd.
(DC: Bill Plante) Reagan's order discussed; White House memo illustration Nicaraguan president Dan. Ortega Saavedra's commitment to democrat noted doubted. [REAGAN - comments on peace plan's success.] Reagan noted planning to ask Congress for more military aid to Contras. Ortega's promises to uphold Central American peace plan reviewed. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - criticizes Reagan's order.] Reagan strategy discussed.
(San Jose, Costa Rica: Juan Vasquez) Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez reported being pessimistic regarding President Reagan's renewed pressure for more Contra aid. [ARIAS SANCHEZ - comments on aid to Contras issue.] Sandinistas reported arresting more opposition leaders [Contra leader Pedro Joaquin CHAMORRO - explains Sandinista motives behind apparent cooperation.] Ortega mentioned declaring state of emergency; details given, scenes shown. [Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel D'ESCOTO - comments on aid to Contras issue.] Costa Rican peace talks and Reagan's request for more Contra aid mentioned.