Managua (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of Nicaragua have informed that on Tuesday, June 12 they received the response of the President of the Republic, Daniel Ortega, regarding their proposal to find a peaceful resolution to the political crisis that has paralyzed the country for about two months (see Fides 8/6/2018), therefore a National Dialogue Plenary Roundtable has been convened for today, June 15, at the Seminary of Our Lady of Fatima.
According to the press release of the Episcopal Conference, sent to Agenzia Fides, signed by the President, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, Archbishop of Managua, and by Vice President, Mgr. Pablo Schmitz, Bishop of Bluefields, during today's meeting the Bishops have announced "we will disclose the proposal presented to the president and the letter he sent us with his position and we will put it up for debate to search for consensus which responds to the desire for justice, democratization and peace expressed by the people".
Nicaragua’s national dialogue was suspended on May 31 after the opposition and government were unable to reach an agreement. On 7 June, the Bishops, acting as spokesmen of the sentiments of the majority of the population, presented their proposals to President Ortega to put an end to this dramatic situation that is paralyzing the country. The provisional death toll, which has exceeded 140 deaths, at least four other people were killed last night in Masatape, 30 km from Managua, in attacks launched by riot police units and pro-government armed groups during protests and general strike against the President.
In their statement, the Bishops say they thank "Nicaraguan people for trusting them to mediate in a process of dialogue to build peace, justice and freedom in the country". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 15/6/2018)