The ruling junta in Nicaragua announced on Tuesday (22 July) that it was establishing diplomatic relations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, (PLO), making it the first Latin American country to formally recognise the group.
SV Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafat, speaking in Arabic at news conference in Managua, Nicaragua, with other Palestinian officials seated nearby
SCU Arafat speaking in Arabic (2 shots)
GV P.L.O. officials seated around conference table applauding
SV Nicaraguan junta Commander Daniel Ortega announcing the establishment of diplomatic relations with PLO.
SV PLO representative Abeul Uaguat Yagguat Saleb and Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Miguel Descoto signing agreement (2 shots)
SV Mr. Arafat and Mr. Ortega embracing
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Background: The ruling junta in Nicaragua announced on Tuesday (22 July) that it was establishing diplomatic relations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, (PLO), making it the first Latin American country to formally recognise the group.
The leader of PLO, Mr. Yasser Arafat was Nicaragua helping the Sandinista movement to celebrate the first Somoza government. Other guests included Cuban President Fidel Castro and Donald McHenry, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
The PLO leader told the Sandinistas during a news conference on Tuesday (22 July) that their enemies were the PLO's enemies and the junta's friends were also friends of the PLO. He referred to Palestinians training Sandinista guerrillas saying that relations between their two groups weren't new and that their battles would continue. the nine-member Sandinista directorate, the country;;s ruling junta, has been facing its biggest crisis since President Anastasio Somoza was toppled from power a year ago. A struggle is continuing between those who want to move to a Marxist system and those who want a multi-party system and democracy.
Daniel Ortega, the leader of Nicaragua's ruling junta, announced the establishment of diplomatic relations with the PLO to representative from more than a dozen countries, the majority of them communist, who came to celebrate the anniversary.
The bitter civil was to end more than forty years of dictatorship by the Samoza family in Nicaragua cost forty thousand lives in fifty two days of fighting. It marked the first successful leftist revolution in Latin America since President Fidel Castro took power in Cuba in 1959. Documents formalising diplomatic relations were signed by Nicaragua's Foreign Minister, Miguel Descoto, and the PLO representative, Abeul Uagat Yagguat Saleb. At a news conference that day, Mr. Arafat turned to other PLO affairs and denied any involvement in the attempted assassination in Paris last week of Iran's former Prime Minister Shapur Bakhtiar.