Ortega warns that a coup attempt will not be repeated in Nicaragua

Managua, Dec 17 (Prensa Latina) President Daniel Ortega warned that Nicaragua will not see a repeat of what the government described as a failed coup attempt, started on April 18, 2018.

'The April coup attempt is not going to be repeated, that should be totally clear, and we have the legal instruments to defend the peace and stability of all Nicaraguans,' the president said on Monday during the graduation ceremony of 24 officers from the National Police Academy.

Ortega called for unity for peace, after commenting that the great challenge today is, 'is the unity of the people, the nation and families to defend peace, beyond political and party banners.'

'Let us return to the path of the economic growth with social growth, along which we had been advancing and building from 2007 to April 2018, this is the challenge we have today,' he added.

'No one surrenders here, the Yankees and the traitors should be clear about that,' the head of the Nicaraguan State concluded.

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Nicaragua, Venezuela sign air cooperation agreement

Managua, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) The ministers of civil aviation of Nicaragua and Venezuela signed a cooperation agreement to facilitate trade and connections between Central and South America, digital news site Informe Pastran reports.

The Air Services agreement boosts working relationships between the two institutions, mainly aero-commercial deals and air connections. The accord was signed during the Venezuela Air Expo 2019 fair that ended on Monday with great success according to the organizers of the event.

Improving the air service offer to users of tourism, business, cargo, among others sectors, is also among its objectives.

The two nation recognized that the agreement complies with international standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Colonel Freddy Valdemar signed the agreement by the National Institute of Civil Aviation of Venezuela, while Captain Carlos Zalazar did it by the Nicaraguan Civil Aviation Authority.

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Universities of Nicaragua and Cuba boost cooperation

Universities of Nicaragua and Cuba have strengthened cooperation to improve educational processes and the post-graduate training of professors, University of Havana Deputy Rector Norma Barrios said on Friday.

The two countries have a long history of joint work in that field, but collaboration between universities and Higher Education ministries has been revitalized at present with concrete projects, said Barrios, a delegate to the 4th National Congress of Higher Education in Nicaragua.

'The Autonomous University of Nicaragua (Unan-Managua) is very aware of the need for ? change in favor of better training professional human beings, and in that direction, the two houses of higher studies have cooperated over the past few months in two fundamental areas: curricular transformation and quality management,' the Cuban deputy rector told Prensa Latina.

Sharing experiences and ways to do things in those fields has brought a group of Cuban experts to the congress, which is attended by representatives of Nicaraguan public and private universities with a view to optimizing the learning-teaching process according to the 21st century's situation and challenges.

Barrios underlined that another goal of cooperation is to mobilize Nicaragua's university community to participate directly in the construction of its own quality management system, in which they will be the major protagonists of curricular transformation.

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Cuba supports Nicaragua at UN

The Cuban Permanent Representative in Geneva, Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta, rejected today the meddling and interventionist policy fostered by the United States against the sovereignty, self-determination and constitutional order of the Republic of Nicaragua, according to a press release published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Speaking at the Interactive Dialogue on the situation of human rights in Nicaragua, as part of the 42nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council, Pedroso Cuesta also confirmed Cuban support for the Nicaraguan government and people in their decision to continue defending their sovereignty, peace, the significant social, economic, security and national unity advances achieved.

The Ambassador also stressed that respect for sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, the right to people' self-determination and the resolution of conflicts through diplomatic channels should not only be a priority, but also a point of reference in the work of the Office and in the projection of Member States.

"Constructive and respectful dialogue and true cooperation in the human rights field must be at the center of the Office's work and the guide for its staff's work," Pedroso Cuesta said.

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Nicaraguans and Cubans Celebrate 40 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Managua, Jul 22 (Prensa Latina) A party that combined pure Cuban flavor, with music and gastronomy as main ingredients, became the celebration of the 40th anniversary of restoring diplomatic relations between Nicaragua and the Caribbean nation.

The populous Puerto Salvador Allende, the major recreational complex in the country located on the shores of Lake Xolotlan, was the scene of the fraternal meeting of the Cuban residents in Nicaragua and the only friends of the Caribbean country.

Tony Guzman y su Poder Latino orchestra, which since early July has made an extensive tour of Nicaragua, put dancing many people with anthological songs of the Cuban national repertoire.

Cuban cuisine was present with the typical roast suckling pig, accompanied by yuca with mojo and congris rice, emblematic dishes and very popular in Nicaragua.

Cuban ambassador Juan Carlos Hernandez highlighted the fact that just one week and one day after the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, both countries made official, with the resumption of the diplomatic relations, the historic bonds of friendship between the peoples of Jose Marti and Ruben Dario.

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Cuban First VP: We come to pay tribute to Sandino

We have come to pay tribute to Sandino, Carlos Fonseca Amador and the leaders who made Nicaragua's independence possible, said Salvador Valdés Mesa, First Vice-President of the Councils of State and Ministers, on his arrival in Managua, the capital of that Central American country.

At the head of a delegation that also includes Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, member of the Political Bureau and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Juan Carlos Hernández Padrón, Cuban ambassador to Nicaragua, Valdés Mesa will participate in the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, which will be commemorated this Friday.

The cubaminrex website reported that upon his arrival at the Augusto C. Sandino international airport, the First Vice President of Cuba indicated that he had come on behalf of the Communist Party of Cuba, the Government and our people to convey the greeting and recognition for an event of such significance, which brought Nicaragua so much sovereignty, freedom and independence.

He expressed his hope that this Central American country will continue to advance along a path of opportunities and satisfaction for the Nicaraguan people.

He recalled that next Saturday will also be the 40th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and Nicaragua.

The bilateral relations that we have maintained have been of a long friendship and solidarity, he added.
This date so significant for you and us will be an important occasion to continue deepening these special relations, concluded the Cuban First Vice President.

In the program for this date, the Cuban delegation laid a floral offering before the mausoleum that holds the remains of the three founders of the Sandinista National Liberation Front: Carlos Fonseca Amador, Santos López and Tomás Borge.

In the last two years, Cuba and Nicaragua have signed eight cooperation agreements in sectors such as education, tourism, trade, culture and communication, which have contributed to the strengthening of bilateral relations.

At the end of last school year, 4,630 Nicaraguans had graduated from Cuba, of whom 1,359 were doctors; 79 students from that Central American nation are currently studying undergraduate and graduate studies in Cuba.

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Blood of Augusto Sandino Runs Through Nicaragua's Veins: Ortega

Sandino's extraordinary feat of arms showed his countrymen the strength of a small, dedicated, guerrilla army when facing a goliath like the U.S.

The blood of Augusto C. Sandino runs through the veins of Nicaragua, said President Daniel Ortega on the 124th anniversary of the nation’s 20th-century hero’s birth.

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"The Nicaraguan people raised the red and black flag to rescue the blue and white flag of the homeland — which had been sold to the Yankee invaders — so it would fly high for the homeland yesterday and always," said Ortega.

A parade of grateful Nicaraguans stood outside the town of Niquinohomo where Sandino was born. Ortega reminded onlookers of the nation’s turbulent history between 1927 and 1933 when Nicaraguans and guerrilla militants fought “hand in hand” against the U.S. interventionists, imperialism, and racial oppression.

"The defense of a country’s sovereignty is the defense of the conditions to continue the battle against poverty and the exclusion of rights," the president said.

Vice President Rosario Murillo also said a few words, encouraging citizens to help keep Sandino’s “immortal legacy of courage and dignity” through “hard work for better health and education programs.”

The new National Production Plan is "a way to honor Sandino, who always had the Nicaraguan countryside in mind, with the production of more food to guarantee national consumption and exports, but also to fundamentally improve the lives of Nicaraguan families," she added.

Sandino was assassinated by the national guard in 1934, but not before inspiring thousands of Nicaraguans to found the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in his honor and memory. The party was pivotal to the destruction of a brutal 40-year dictatorship, which came to an end in 1979.

Sandino's extraordinary feat of arms showed his countrymen the strength of a small, dedicated, guerrilla army when facing a goliath like the U.S. and what a band of impassioned soldiers can do to change history and the fate of a nation.

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Luis Almagro Calls for Foreign Intervention in Nicaragua Again

“We have an opportunity to work alongside each other against authoritarian regimes,” the OAS secretary general said.

Even over the holidays things didn’t calm down for Nicaragua. During the break the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, has tried to begin proceedings against Nicaragua under the Inter-American Decmocratic Charter. He cited Article 20 of the Charter, which states it can be activated when a “member state produces an alteration in the constitutional order that seriously harms democratic order” (see here for a typical report on the story, which was taken from Associated Press coverage).

Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Denis Moncada responded immediately, writing to his fellow ministers in the OAS. He said: “The Inter-American Democratic Charter does not empower Secretary General Luis Almagro to support coup groups against the State and the legally constituted Government of Nicaragua, as Luis Almagro has done in violation of the Charter of the OAS.”

A full radio interview with Denis Moncada is available here on a U.S. public radio station.

The aim of the move by Almagro is not to expel Nicaragua from the OAS (though that is possible), but to speed up the sanctions against Nicaragua proposed by the United States in the recently signed off NICA Act.

Nicaragua clashed with Almagro earlier this autumn, when the OAS secretary general called for military intervention in Venezuela. His remarks came days after U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (who has been the main cheerleader for the Nicaraguan opposition during the attempted coup) called for military action to remove President Maduro, and also called for the international community to “asphixiate the dictatorsip which is being installed in Nicaragua” (see here).

Almagro’s remarks were widely condemned, even as he tried to say he had been misquoted. However he still drew criticism for his increasingly hawkish views (see here for a response from the OAS Ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda – No Vigilante Action in the Americas).

The Nicaraguan opposition visited Washington this autumn after Almagro’s military intervention. Violeta Granera, an ex-vice presidential candidate with the PLI and a former minister in the Bolanos Government 2000-7, joined fellow Liberal Jose Pallais (a former deputy foreign minister during the Chamorro Government 1990-97) to lobby Alamagro to activate the Democratic Charter (see here).

The pair are no strangers to Almagro, or indeed in calling for the activation of the Democratic Charter. In 2016, three days before the presidential elections which Daniel Ortega won with over 70 percent of the vote, the pair travelled to Washington to meet with Almagro. On his return Jose Pallais said their dialogue with the OAS was “the first step before the activation’ of the Democratic Charter” (see here).

The OAS meeting will take place next week. Almagro’s call can expect support from Trump’s United States and the Brazilian government led by President Jair Bolsonaro, widely described as a fascist. The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, travelled to Brazil on January 2 to attend Bolsanaro’s inauguration.

Their agenda, and indeed the agenda of Almagro, is clear. Pompeo said Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua were countries that do not share the democratic values that unite the United States and Brazil. “We have an opportunity to work alongside each other against authoritarian regimes,” he said at a news conference (see here).

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