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  • Denis Moncada during a news conference in Managua, Nicaragua, March 11, 2019.

    Denis Moncada during a news conference in Managua, Nicaragua, March 11, 2019.

Published 4 April 2019

The Nicaraguan political parties are in the process of working out a list of detainees that should be released from prison as part of the ongoing peace talks. 

Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada reaffirmed on Thursday that the government delegation in the "Negotiation Table for Understanding and Peace" fulfills the agenda approved by the parties.

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"Our presence is permanent, punctual and responsible," Moncada said upon his arrival at the negotiations meeting in Managua, adding that "we are going to continue talking, discussing and debating the agenda items that have already been agreed upon."

The minister also expressed President Daniel Ortega's willingness to comply with all the points approved during the dialogue process.

"Our delegation will not leave the table. We will be present debating, talking, discussing and approving the issues which we must approve [in orden to] contribute to the solution of our country's problems, contribute to peace, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence in our country," Foreign Minister said.

President Ortega invited the opposition in 2018 to participate in round table peace talks to resolve any political difference. This was conceived as a way to reach a mutual understanding. The dialogue began by establishing a "road map", which required the release of violent protestors, who were detained during demonstrations against social security reform.

"Nicaragua: new boycott of opposition to the negotiation process by threatening to leave the roundtable if the participation of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OACNUDH) is not allowed and if the advancement of elections is not guaranteed. Trilled strategy. We have said it for a while: there is not the slightest desire for dialogue."

The Nicaraguan government responded favorably to this request as it released on Feb.26, 2018 about 100 detainees, whom the opposition considers “political prisoners.”

The opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy (CAJD) also requested to advance the presidential elections and include the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as "guarantors" at the peace talks

Regarding the 2018 protests, the International Red Cross delivered Wednesday a "consensual" list of detainees who are expected to be released soon. So far, while the Nicaraguan government recognizes the arrest of 341 people, the opposition contrasts the number, alleging that there are at least 802 detainees.

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