CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 24, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Sandinista and Contra leaders meeting in Sapoa, Nicaragua, reported signing cease-fire agreement. President Reagan noted viewing accord with skepticism and wariness. Reports introd.
(Managua, Nicaragua: John Blackstone) Contra and Sandinista leaders shown standing together for Nicaraguan national anthem; details given of cease-fire agreement; scenes shown. [Opposition leader Ramiro GURDIAN - comments on situation.] United States Congress's cessation of aid to Contras reported compelling them to negotiate with Sandinistas. Contras noted also fearing that next president would not support them as Reagan has. Sandinistas reported willing to negotiate due to existing economy crisis. [President Dan. ORTEGA SAAVEDRA - (thru translator) says it is time for peace.] [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - says agreement first step in peace process.] Nicaraguan agreement illustration; details given. Nicaraguan citizens noted confused with regard to democrat rhetoric.
(DC: Bill Plante) [REAGAN - comments on cease-fire.] Reagan administration reported greeting Nicaraguan cease-fire with caution. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says Sandinistas have broken many promises.] Shultz noted also asserting USSR shouldn't send more military aid to Nicaragua. Humanitarian aid to Contras discussed. [Representative Jim WRIGHT - says Republicans and Democrats should agree on aid to Contra package] Conservative reported asserting cease-fire ploy by Ortega. [Senator James McCLURE - says Ortega planning to win.] Shultz reported claiming that United States airlifting troops to Honduras made Sandinistas willing to negotiate. [Senator Christopher DODD - says administration undermined Central American peace plan and expects same for present plan.] White House officials quoted.