Mounting tension between the United States and Nicaragua dominated the opening of the 14th annual general assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Brasilia on November 12.
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SPEECH TRANSCRIPT -- (SEQUENCE SIX):
NORA ASTORGA: "Every day we have people dead in our country because of the mercenaries that the United states are financing, so we have the right to defend ourselves....and the duty to defend our country."
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Background: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
Mounting tension between the United States and Nicaragua dominated the opening of the 14th annual general assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS) in Brasilia on November 12. The Nicaraguan issue was not on the official agenda, but OAS Secretary General Baena Soares told the assembly a calm attitude should prevail, to avert a heightening of tensions. Relations between Washington and Managua have deteriorated in the last week amid U.S. allegations of increasing Soviet arms sales to Nicaragua, which in turn accuses Washington of planning to invade its territory. Before the assembly began, U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz met the foreign ministers of Washington's Central American allies, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Nicaragua's Vice Foreign Minister Nora Astorga accused the U.S. of Increasing the climate of threat against her country since the re-election of President Reagan, and justified Nicaragua's right to defend itself. However, she said Nicaragua would not raise the issued at the OAS assembly, believing the United Nations Security Council was an adequate forum for such a question. Brazilian President Joao Figueiredo, opening the OAS meeting, said the efforts of the Contadora group -- Columbia, Venezuela, Panama and Mexico -- to bring peace to Central America deserved the support of the inter-American community. The OAS meeting will consider a wide range of problems, including the Argentine-British dispute over the Falklands (Malvinas) Islands, human rights, drug-trafficking and arms control.
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