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    Five South American countries have formally recognised Nicaragua's Sandinista guerrillas as a legitimate force. The?

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    Five South American countries have formally recognised Nicaragua's Sandinista guerrillas as a legitimate force. The Andean Pact Group, made up of Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, made the announcement on Saturday (16 June), causing speculation that they might aid the Nicaraguan guerrillas in some way. The five pact countries sent the Foreign Ministers of Venezuela and Ecuador to Nicaragua earlier last week to seek a solution to the conflict -- but without success. Last Thursday (14 June), the principal leftist parties in Venezuela organised a large parade in Caracas in support of the Sandinistas and their supporters.

    SYNOPSIS: An estimated fifteen thousand marchers turned out for the demonstration. Among the placards were portraits of Che Guevara, the famous late Cuban revolutionary. Guevara remains a symbol of resistance to alleged dictatorship.

    Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza has criticised Venezuela and other South American countries for allegedly aiding the enemy. Last year Venezuela sent Canberra bombers to Costa Rica, when a Nicaraguan invasion appeared imminent. Venezuela recently warned the Somoza government against carrying out threats to invade its neighbour for providing refuge for guerrillas.

    Despite stronger calls for President Somoza's resignation both in and out of Nicaragua, he is holding on. Nicaraguans are fleeing the cities or fighting alongside the Sandinistas, while suffering severe food shortages and serious casualties.

    And outlining the sufferings to the protestors in Caracas was Reinaldo Cervini, vice-president of the Solidarity Committee with the People of Nicaragua.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA984TVGFFCHLQ75V51SRQHSN7V
    Media URN:
    VLVA984TVGFFCHLQ75V51SRQHSN7V
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/06/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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