By Luis Beaton

The meeting that started early on Thursday morning at the Hotel Crown Plaza in the Nicaraguan capital was inaugurated by the Cardinal of Nicaragua, Miguel Obando y Bravo, President of the Commission on Verification, Reconciliation, Peace and Justice.

Among the participants was the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Rigoberta Menchu and the Colombian Senator Piedad Cordoba, according to the event’s organisers.

It is also expected that the Vice-president of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren will take part in the meeting.
According to Raul Areas, President of the National Association of Retired Officials of Nicaragua, the event organisers, D’Escoto will make a presentation about the role of Governments and the United Nations in the processes of peace and coexistence.

The Colombian legislator, Piedad Cordoba, as participant in the mediation process in her country, will cover the international dimension in the search for peace, whereas Menchu, Nobel Prize winner in 1992, will deal with the struggle for peace in Central America.

Areas explained that during the conference an international prize will be awarded to the Colombian parliamentarian for her role in the search for peace in the South American nation.

The same is to be conferred on ex combatants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, he added.

In addition, the First Congress of Social Movements from Central America and the Caribbean is continuing, which is dealing with the issues of ALBA as a strategic alliance in front of the empire and the international financial crisis; this will be a subject for the Cuban delegate Orlando Borrego.