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Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez went ahead with a planned meeting with Nicaraguan rebel leaders in Caracas as calm returned to the Venezuelan capital after a week of riots that left more than 300 dead. Perez, playing the role of Latin American elder statesman having good relations with both sides in the Nicaraguan conflict, decided to proceed with the meeting despite the rioting and looting in Venezuela’s worst show of unrest in decades. Invited to the meeting were Alfredo Cesar and other Contra leaders, and representatives of Nicaragua’s 14 opposition parties and four labor unions.


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