Remarks to Reporters
Announcing the Central American Peace Initiative
August 5, 1987
morning. I have a very brief statement to read here, and then I am going to
have to depart, and the Secretary of State is going to take some of your
questions here with regard to this event.
just concluded a meeting with the joint congressional leadership, and I'm
pleased to announce that there's a general agreement among us to go forward
with a renewed diplomatic initiative in Central America along the lines of the
peace plan prepared in cooperation with the Speaker and the joint congressional
leadership. Accordingly, I've instructed the Secretary of State to transmit
that document to the leaders of the five Central American countries that are
meeting in Guatemala City tomorrow with the
request that these views should be taken into account in their deliberations.
I said at Ellis
several months ago, this administration has always supported regional
diplomatic initiatives aimed at peace and democracy. The aspirations of our
Central American neighbors, the democratic resistance in Nicaragua, and the Nicaraguan
people are one and the same: the establishment of genuinely democratic systems
throughout the region with the fully guaranteed liberties of free assembly,
free speech, free press, and the simple principle of self-determination.
applaud this bipartisan effort in Congress, and I express the hope that it will
produce a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Nicaragua. I urge other nations
of the world to join in the support of this effort and refrain from activities
that would jeopardize it.
Note: The President
spoke at in the Briefing Room at
the White House. In his remarks, the President referred to Secretary of State
George P. Shultz and Jim Wright, Speaker of the House of Representatives.