Tensions between Nicaragua and Honduras have been heightened as a result of joint US-Honduran manoeuvres which took place on the Nicaraguan border.
GVs US transporter helicopters landing with supplies for the camps (2 shots)
GV Sign outside Puerto Lempira camp
GVs Troops unloading supplies from helicopters (2 shots)
GVs Explosives and mortars unloaded (3 shots)
GVs Honduras troops collecting rifles and marching into bush watched by US soldiers (3 shots)
SVs, & GVs General Alverez arrival greeted by troops and walks into bush (3 shots)
LVs United States camp (2 shots)
GV General Alverez and staff leaving US tent
SV & GV Radio operator communicating with helicopter pilot as he flies over Honduras camp (5 shots)
GVs Honduras troops setting up camp (4 shots)
GV US troops marching
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Background: Tensions between Nicaragua and Honduras have been heightened as a result of joint US-Honduran manoeuvres which took place on the Nicaraguan border. The two-week exercise which began on July 19 was carried out at Puerto Lempira, an isolated region across the border from Nicaragua's Puerto Cabezas, a centre of military operations for the Sandinista government. American C-130 transport planes delivered crates of automatic rifle cartridges, machine gun shells and mortars to the area, increasing Nicaraguan suspicions that the United States and Honduras are supplying arms to anti-government guerrillas in Nicaragua. The Honduran government continues to deny any knowledge of the activities of the guerrillas, reportedly based in southern Honduras. But both Honduran and Nicaraguan sources have reported a heavy flow of military equipment from Puerto Lempira to the south. The commander of the Honduran forces, General Alverez, supervised his country's troops and liaised with the American forces during the manoeuvres. According to the Pentagon the aim of the exercise was to test the strength of communications and the efficiency with which people and equipment can be moved. American and Honduran officers have said that the primary objective of the manoeuvres was to set up a permanent Honduran base at Durzuna 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the Nicaraguan border.