Informal Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Meeting With President Joaquin Balaguer Ricardo of the
Is everything calm and peaceful in the
President Balaguer. Yes, everything is calm and peaceful -- as peaceful and tranquil as it can possibly be in today's world.
Q. How about our country, Mr. President? Is our country peaceful and tranquil, too?
President Reagan. I would say the situation is normal.
Nicaraguan Cease-Fire Agreement
Q. How about the cease-fire talks? Are you happy with the outcome?
President Reagan. Well, I only have to say, of course, that we've looked forward to this and hope it continues. But, I still think that -- just as in some other meetings that have gone on in which I've been involved -- I think that we should keep in mind that both parties must be dedicated to the things that are said and agreed to at those meetings.
Q. Sounds like you are suspicious they won't be.
President Reagan. I think there's reason to have caution. They have a past record that indicates that we should be.
Are we going to see General Noriega in the
President Reagan. No, that's not far enough.
Mr. President, there have been suggestions that the Israelis might attack the
new Saudi missile sites. How would the
President Reagan. Well, naturally, we would be totally opposed to any such thing and hope that they're not considering any such act.
Q. Are you all set for the Gridiron?
President Reagan. Is one ever set for that?
Dominican Republic-U.S. Relations
President Reagan, can we ask you some questions about the relations with the
Reagan. As you know, we've had some problems both ways, with the Congress and
matters of that kind, but I can assure you that we feel that the relationship
we have with the
Note: The exchange began at in the Oval Office at the White House. President Balaguer spoke in Spanish, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter.