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he would be quite willing to land the marines there. On several occasions he was asked if he could give a public assurance that US combat troops would never intervene in El Salvador, Nicaragua or other countries of the region. Each time Reagon hedged, and deflected the question by evoking the name of Franklin Roosvelt who had once remarked: "A President never says 'never'." Reagan's second goal is equally clear : The Sandinista regime in Nicaragua must be 'destabilised', or better still, overthrown if at all possible. He has denied that he had any intention to go that far, yet almost in the same breath he has also declared that it would be "extremely difficult" to reach a negotiated settlement in Central America if the present Nicaraguan government remained in power. He supported the peace initiative of the Contadora group, based on the total withdrawal of all foreign combat troops and military advisers (i e, both US and Cuban), but did so only cosmetically. The cover CIA operations have been visibly stepped up. The Nicaraguan guerillas fighting the Sandinista regime have been dubbed by Reagan as 'freedom fighters' and are being given every possible support. And now, capping it all, comes a de facto naval blockade from both the Pacific and the Atlantic sides.

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