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Central Americans OK Plan for U.N. Observers

From Associated Press

Officials of five Central American nations Wednesday endorsed a plan to send U.N. peacekeepers to the region to ensure that guerrillas don’t launch cross-border raids.

The plan, which needs U.N. approval, calls for up to 100 military observers to monitor Central American border areas.

“We approved the document in the sense that we discussed the document, and there are no disagreements,” Nicaragua’s deputy foreign minister, Victor Hugo Tinoco, said after talks with military and Foreign Ministry officials from El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Representatives from the five nations will next ask the world body to begin setting up the peacekeeping force, a step Tinoco called “a formality.”

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Final approval must come from the U.N. Security Council.


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