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Nicaragua / Contra Aid / Denby Release #318301

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jan 31, 1988
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(Studio: Susan Spencer) Pledge by Nicaragua President Dan. Ortega to pursue peace negotiations even if Congress passes President Reagan's request for Contra aid reported Report introduced.

(DC: Jacqueline Adams) Media blitz by Reagan administration stating that Sandinista government will continue reforms only if Contras survive, on eve of Congress vote on Contra aid, reported; details given. [On "Meet the Press", White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - says freedom fighters are pressure on Nicaragua.] [On "This Wk"., Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says can't believe some want to pull rug out from under strategy that is working.] [Attorney General Edwin MEESE - says must maintain Contra freedom fighters.] Positions of opponents of Reagan plan detailed. [Representative Thomas FOLEY - says proposal will be rejected.] Denial by administration that Reagan is considering asking third cntries. to replace United States funds; Iran/Contra affair recalled.

(Studio: Susan Spencer) Return of James Denby to Illinois after release by Nicaragua reported; forcing down of Denby's plane over Nicaragua on December 6 recalled. [DENBY - says freed as act of good faith prior to Contra aid vote.] Report introduced.

(Managua, Nicaragua: Juan Vasquez) Attending by United States Congress delegation of anti-government demonstration in Nicaragua reported; details given, scenes shown. [Representative Mickey EDWARDS - says hasn't found freedom in Nicaragua.] [Representative Curt WELDON - sees need to continue pressure on Sandinistas if democratization to occur.] Stmt. from Nicaraguan family unhappy with government reported Govt.'s allowing of march detailed; scenes shown.

Adams, Jacqueline;
Spencer, Susan;
Vasquez, Juan

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