UNITED NATIONS, N.Y.
Central American diplomats have reached tentative agreement on a plan that would bring UN peacekeeping troops into the region to monitor guerrilla movements. The foreign ministers of Nicaragua, Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Guatemala are to meet March 29-30 in San Jose, the Costa Rican capital, to adopt the plan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Victor Hugo Tinoco of Nicaragua said adoption would be ``a formality.'' Honduran Ambassador Roberto Flores Bermudez and UN officials confirmed Wednesday's agreement in principle.
Up to 11,000 Nicaraguan contras supported by the United States have bases in Honduras from which they launch raids into Nicaragua. They are the prime focus of the United Nations plan.
A UN diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the peacekeeping plan does not conflict with President Bush's intention to supply humanitarian aid to the contras.