Non-aligned countries have blamed the United States for some of the problems in Latin America and the Caribbean.
GV Official cars in carpark outside conference venue.
GV Reporters standing in front of conference sign at entrance to building.
GV Delegates entering building.
GV PAN INTERIOR Delegates seated in conference hall, listening to address from official table.
CUs Delegated talking among themselves.
GV Official table with speaker at rostrum.
SVs Delegates, some with country name-plated on view, listening to speaker. (8 SHOTS)
SV Official table with conference secretary speaking.
GV PAN Delegates and official table rise to give standing ovation. (2 SHOTS)
GV Delegates shake hands with members of official table.
GV PAN Captured U.S. weapons on display at news conference. (2 SHOTS)
SV Captured guerrilla prisoner seated, with armed guard.
SV Armed guard PAN TO captured weapons.
GV PAN Television crews taping news conference TO guerrilla prisoner making statement. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM Guielmo D'Ungo, FDR leader, speaking with translator at news conference.
SV & GV FDR officials answering reporters' question as journalists listen. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: Non-aligned countries have blamed the United States for some of the problems in Latin America and the Caribbean. They have also criticised Israel and support Argentina in its sovereignty dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands. These views were amplified on January 15 in the final communique after a three day ministerial conference of the Co-ordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Countries, meeting in Nicaragua. About 300 delegated from 70 countries took part in the Managua conference which precedes the seventh Non-Aligned summit to be held in New Delhi in March. There was also backing to the call for an immediate and unconditional lifting of the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba and Havana's demand for compensation for losses it has caused. Nicaraguan officials said this was the first time the 97-member Non-Aligned movement had backed Cuba's claim for damages. The ministers agreed that the British-held Falkland Islands, which are claimed by Argentina, are an integral part of Latin America. Their communique described Britain's military and naval presence in the Falklands as "adversely affecting stability in the area". Israel came under heavy criticism for its Middle East policies which are described as "a 35-year criminal record". After hours of wrangling, the working of the communique was stopped short of the outright condemnation of the United States, demanded by hardline nations led by Cuba and Nicaragua. There are, however, an indirect call for Washington to cease its alleged interference in the region and to contribute to the search for peace, especially in Nicaragua and El Salvador. Coinciding with the second day of the conference (January 14) the Sandinista government but on display captured U.S. made weapons and uniforms allegedly taken from Rightist guerrillas. The military produced several guerrilla prisoners who admitted through interpreters they had been trained by outside forces before infiltrating Nicaragua through neighbouring Honduras. A second news conference to capitalize on the media cov
erage of the Non Aligned meeting was conducted by the FDR opposition. To questions from reporters, FDR leader Guielmo D'Ungo said his group was still waiting for negotiations with the government. He warned that if talks did not take place soon, the FDR would have to rely on force to win their objectives.