NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 24, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Sandinista and Contra leaders reported signing cease-fire agreement in Sapoa, Nicaragua. Reagan administration reported openly skeptical re: accord. Cease-fire agreement's tenets illustration Reports introduced
(Managua, Nicaragua: Richard Valeriani) Scenes shown from signing ceremony; lyrics from national anthem quoted. Defense minister Humberto Ortega Saavedra shown signing for government [President Dan. ORTEGA SAAVEDRA - (thru translator) challenges Reagan to subscribe to peace effort.] [Contra leader Adolfo CALERO - (thru translator) comments on agreement.] Ldrs. noted not shaking hands. Contras and Sandinistas' reasons for negotiating discussed. [Costa Rica President Oscar ARIAS SANCHEZ - comments on hope.] Nicaraguan interior minister Tomas Borge Martinez quoted.
(Managua, Nicaragua: Noah Nelson) Nicaraguans shown reading about cease-fire accord in newspapers. [Vendor Dora MARINA - (thru translator) says peace means prosperity.] [SOLDIER - (thru translator) says now will forgive enemies.] Nicaraguans noted optimistic with regard to cntry.'s future. [SOLDIER - (thru translator) says hopes Contras sincere.] Most Nicaraguans reported adopting cautious optimism with regard to improving relations with Contras.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In Managua, Nicaragua, foreign minister spokesperson Alejandro BENDANA - discusses USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze's comments re: cessation of aid to Nicaragua; says Nicaraguans want peace; comments on integration of Contras into Nicaraguan institution]
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) President Reagan's reaction to sudden truce discussed. Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) White House official quoted with regard to development. [REAGAN - says doesn't know if Sandinistas will honor cease-fire.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says Sandinistas have record of broken promises.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted with regard to humanitarian aid to Contras. [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - comments on Contra aid.] Humanitarian aid described. [Representative Jim WRIGHT - says Republicans and Democrats should agree on humanitarian aid package] [Senator James McCLURE - urges suspicion of Ortega.] Reagan noted visiting Virginia high school while national security officials perused cease-fire agreement. Officials quoted with regard to agreement; details given. [Senator Christopher DODD - says Reagan shouldn't try to undo plan.] National security officials reported planning to discuss agreement with Contra leaders White House officials noted displeased with accord.
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