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Nicaragua / Contra Aid #558785

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 19, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Miami, Florida: Ed Rabel) President Reagan reported sending more military aid to Contras while direct cease-fire talks with Sandinistas being scheduled. [Contra leader Alfredo CESAR - says doesn't trust Nicaraguan president Dan. Ortega Saavedra.] Ortega's apparent compliance with Central American peace plan illustration and discussed. Ortega reported having opposition leaders arrested; details given, scenes shown. [Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel D'ESCOTO - comments on arrests.] Contras noted citing arrests as evidence that Ortega not trustworthy. [CESAR - comments on negotiations.] Contra leaders quoted. [CESAR - says will continue fight.] Contras and Sandinistas mentioned preparing to meet in Costa Rica. Contra leaders quoted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan reported ordering CIA to begin airlifting mil. aid to Contras. Report introduced.

(DC: Andrea Mitchell) President Reagan noted discussing aid to Contras issue at celebration honoring last year in office [REAGAN - comments on Nicaraguan situation.] Reagan's resumption of aid to Contras discussed. Reagan quoted. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - criticizes Reagan action.] Congress opposition mentioned possibly leading NSC chief Colin Powell to reduce aid demands. White House officials quoted. [Johns Hopkins Univ. spokesperson Riordan ROETT - criticizes Reagan action.] White House officials quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Rabel, Ed

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