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Cantadora group urges Central American pact

Four Latin American foreign ministers emerged from weekend crisis talks in Panama City saying their 15-month-old drive for a regional settlement risked losing credibility unless a peace pact was signed by the end of the month.

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On Sunday, they condemned foreign support of antigovernment rebels and foreign military maneuvers in Central America. The statement by the Contadora group - Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama - did not identify the United States, but diplomatic sources said it referred to US support for right-wing Nicaraguan guerrillas based in Honduras and joint US-Honduran military exercises. It also condemned the mining of Nicaraguan ports.

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