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Honduran-Nicaraguan Conflict #549081

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 28, 1986
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(Studio: Roger Mudd) Report introduced.

(Managua, Nicaragua: Dennis Murphy) Sandinista government's latest version of raid in Honduras featured. [For. minister Miguel D'ESCOTO BROCKMAN - claims border region is war zone due to United States aggression in area.] President Dan. Ortega's explanation for incursion against guerrilla camps in Honduras outlined; Nicaraguan and rebel versions compared on screen. Ortega's comparison of Christ's crucifixion with Senator's approval of military aid for guerrillas quoted.

(Studio: Roger Mudd) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) Reagan administration's exaggeration of routine Nicaraguan raid into Honduras as political ploy to push rebel aid package through Congress, according to State Department, Pentagon and intelligence sources, examined; actual extent of incursion and White House description of it noted. Basis of administration's tactic listed on screen. United States ambassador John Ferch's threat to Honduran President Jose Azcona to withhold future United States aid unless he publicly claimed Nicaraguan raid outlined on screen.

Francis, Fred;
Mudd, Roger;
Murphy, Dennis

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