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Junta coordinator Daniel Ortega Saavedra says Nicaragua is ready to ''accept in its totality and sign immediately'' the Contadora group's regional peace plan - if the United States ''halts its aggression against Nicaragua.'' He said on Friday night that there will be no peace in the region until the US signs the Contadora plan, and until then, Nicaragua will continue to ''take the necessary measures'' to defend itself.

The 21-point plan calls for the demilitarization of Central America and an end to outside interference. It has been approved in principle by El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Nicaragua. But they have not agreed on specifics.

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