Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Arias and Ortega finally meet

Left to right, former Honduras' President Jose Callejas, former Guatemala's President Vinicio Cerezo, standing up, Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias, Nicaragua's Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, take part in a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Esquipulas II peace agreement in Managua, Monday, Aug. 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Ortega and Arias met in private for about 45 minutes, the first time the two men have met since returning to office for a second term. Arias was re-elected in 2006, while Ortega returned to power this year. The two leaders have never had a warm relationship. Recently the Nicaraguan dignitary accused his Costa Rican counterpart of conspiring against the Sandinista Revolution during the peace negotiations and that Arias was unworthy of the Nobel Peace Prize that he was awarded in 1987.

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