Cuba Rejects Attempts to ‘Destabilize’ Nicaragua

Telesur | Monday, 30 April 2018 | Click here for original article

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Cuba “denounces the attempts aimed at destabilizing the Republic of Nicaragua…”

The Cuban Foreign Ministry has denounced the “interference in internal affairs” and attempts to “destabilize” Nicaragua.

The ministry says it is committed “to the principles of the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace,” signed in 2014 by the heads of the State of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) and rejected “interference in the internal affairs of that sister nation.”

The official release added that Cuba “denounces the attempts aimed at destabilizing the Republic of Nicaragua, a country that lives in peace and where remarkable social, economic and security advances have been made in favor of its people.”

The Foreign Ministry reaffirmed the country’s support for the Nicaraguan president.

“The Foreign Ministry supports the sovereign efforts of the people and the Sandinista Government of Nicaragua, chaired by Commander Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, to preserve the dialogue, peace and well-being of Nicaraguans,” the statement said.

Nicaragua is “a country that lives in peace and where remarkable social, economic and security advances have been made in favour of its people.”

Violent protests have claimed the lives of at least 38 dead. On April 18, demonstrations against social security reforms – which has since been repealed – had flared up.

Religious leaders have advocated for peace with the Catholic Church agreeing to mediate talks between the government and the private business sector, while the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua brought students from the April 19 University Movement to the dialogue.

The business sector, however, is continuing to call for more street protests.

Nicaragua’s Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched an investigation into the protests.

The Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group has issued a statement supporting the peace dialogue in the country and against any foreign interventions.

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