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  • Delegates held the 11th and 12th sessions of the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace on Thursday and Friday in Nicaragua.

    Delegates held the 11th and 12th sessions of the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace on Thursday and Friday in Nicaragua. | Photo: EFE

Published 22 March 2019
Opinion

Nicaraguans "have earned the right to peace after so many sacrifices," President Daniel Ortega stated.

Delegations from the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity and from the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy held the 11th and 12th sessions of the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace on Thursday and Friday, in Nicaragua, according to a press release.

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The statement disclosed that Nicaragua's special envoy for the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Angel Rosadilla, will enter the negotiation table "as a witness and international companion." Rosadilla is joining the table as the representative of the General Secretary of the OAS.

Apostolic Nuncio in Nicaragua, Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, also attended the meetings in a similar capacity as Rosadilla.

During the working sessions, new discussions agenda was established for the following week, which will commence with new sessions on Monday, March 25, starting with the subject of strengthening citizens' rights and guarantees.

The third point that will be discussed on the new working sessions will be "the content of an agreement to monitor the process of release of persons arrested and detained in the context of the events that occurred on or after April 18, 2018, in accordance with the legal system of the country, for which the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will be requested."

The mechanisms for releasing people will start through a process of joining and updating the lists and databases by the government, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Civic Alliance.

While the liberation process is underway, the parties agreed to request that those persons deprived of liberty are placed under a "common regime," observing the rules established by the United Nations (UN) to allow visits in special situations and emergencies.

According to the press release issued from Managua, the "negotiation has developed in an atmosphere of mutual respect."

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, during a separate event Friday, stated that the Nicaraguan "people have earned the right to peace after so many sacrifices and so much blood spilled throughout the history of our country."

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