Nicaragua said Honduran troops again fired on its positions and crossed the border. This was the third such accusation since Nicaragua's leftist government announced it was pursuing a force of some 2,000 rebel gunmen last week. A government communique said that the incident occurred Sunday in Chinandega Province and that the Hondurans were beaten back. A day earlier, Nicaraguan youths and French aid workers marched to the US Embassy in Managua. They were protesting alleged US involvement in a rebel invasion into Nicaragua. One of the victims of the invasion was a French physician, killed last week in a rebel attack.
At the United Nations, meanwhile, Nicaragua proposed direct talks with the US to end tensions in Central America. It accuses Washington of instigating the rebel invasion.