Declaration on Nicaragua

ROME COUNCIL, 21-22 January 1997

(0riginal Spanish)

We note the report of the Socialist International delegation which observed the electoral process in Nicaragua and which, despite the many and very serious irregularities, makes very clear the democratic will of the Nicaraguan people who turned out to vote in massive numbers and in an orderly fashion. We are also pleased to note that the FSLN came out as the strongest party in Nicaragua and we support the efforts of former president Daniel Ortega to bring about a national agreement which would guarantee democratic governability and the rule of law. We also support the agreements reached between President Arnoldo Alemán and Daniel Ortega on the urgent need to resolve as soon as possible the issue of property, which affects more than two hundred thousand peasant families without resources and more than one hundred thousand city-dwellers.