The World

Nicaragua has demanded that the United States abide by a World Court ruling and pay war damages as a penalty for supporting Nicaraguan contras, a senior Sandinista official said. Foreign Minister Miguel D'Escoto made the demand recently to U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, Deputy Foreign Minister Victor Hugo Tinoco told a news conference in Managua. Acting on a Nicaraguan complaint, the International Court of Justice ruled July 27 that U.S. support for the contras violates the U.N. Charter. The court said the United States should stop aiding the rebels and pay Nicaragua an amount to be agreed on by the two sides. The court's decisions are not binding.

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