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Published 9 May 2019

The Minister's announcements come after the right-wing opposition coalition Alianza Civica Tuesday refused the government’s request to call for an end to U.S. sanctions.

The Sandinista government is concerned that the country’s opposition are not engaging with peace negotiations in good faith, due to the fact they refuse to condemn U.S. sanctions on the country.

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The country’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada, part of the government’s delegation at the talks, said Thursday, that the right-wing opposition need to approach the ongoing talks in a “coherent, serious and responsible” manner.  

The Minister's announcements come after the right-wing opposition coalition, Alianza Civica Tuesday refused the government’s request to call for an end to U.S. sanctions. The government believes this is crucial to show good faith. The opposition claims that condemning sanctions against their country would be ‘useless’ and ‘empty.’

The government replied Thursday stating that, “The Nicaraguan people have made a joint call for an end to the illegitimate, arbitrary and unjust measures, that affect not private individuals, but the whole Nicaraguan people,” in reference to the economic sanctions placed on the country after U.S. National Security Aadvisor John Bolton labeled the country as part of a ‘troika of tyranny,’ along with fellow leftist governments of Venezuela and Cuba.

The opposition has already been previously accused of acting in bad faith,. On the April 24, Sandinista negotiator Wilfredo Navarro slammed the opposition’s attitude to peace talks saying, “they want to be at the negotiations and then they don’t. With this bad faith attitude, they are putting the negotiations at risk and if a difficult situation were to arise, it would be their responsibility.”

The peace negotiations between the Sandinista government and right-wing opposition have been ongoing since March 27, 2019. The talks were agreed to as a peaceful solution to the conflict caused by violent U.S.-backed protests that began a year ago. Protesters attacked leftist media outlets such as Radio Ya! and set up roadblocks that severely damaged the country’s economy.  

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