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  • News conference in Managua, Nicaragua March 5, 2019.

    News conference in Managua, Nicaragua March 5, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 March 2019

During the preliminary meeting, both parties "approved the Plan of Action which would establish the norms of negotiation process and thus advance the resolution of problems Nicaragua faces," a press release reported.

Delegations from the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity and from the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, have resumed this Thursday at the Negotiation Roundtables for Agreement and Peace, in Nicaragua's capital, Managua.

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On Thursday, Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo, applauded the reinstallation of the peace talks, after it had been put on a temporary halt on Monday. Both sides in the meetings are working for the success of the negotiations, "understanding that the whole of Nicaragua wants peace," stated Murillo.

In a press release Wednesday, the government and the opposition said that within 24 hours the "the negotiating table will be restarted as approved in the Plan of Action," agreed upon on during the first bilateral meeting on February 27.

During the preliminary meeting, both parties "approved the Plan of Action which would establish the norms of negotiation process and thus advance the resolution of problems Nicaragua faces in diverse matters," the press release said.

"We consider that we are on the same path and on the route claimed by Nicaraguan families," stated Vice President Murillo after the first meeting. Both parties are being able "to talk with agendas that we can agree on where all issues are discussed and we can move forward from there," Murillo noted.

According to the press release, the talks were paused Monday by the Civic Alliance to "conduct consultations" on the next steps for negotiations,  however, on Tuesday and Wednesday meetings were held on the Apostolic Nunciature in Nicaragua.

Among those attending this week's meetings were Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Angel Rosadilla as well as the representatives of the government, the Civic Alliance, and the apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua, Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag.

On March 13, "the Civic Alliance expressed its willingness to return to the table with an effective commitment that its hope for the liberation of an appreciable nucleus of people, who remain detained as a result of the events that occurred as of April 2018, will be considered."

The statement concluded by stating that the negotiations work will continue, that both parties are aware and have agreed "that on Friday, March 15 of the current year there a certain number of people will be the released." Negotiators asserted "that frankness, respect, and trust continue to be a common practice of all those who participate at the table."

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