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Nicaraguan bishops accept mediation role

The bishops’ conference of Nicaragua has accepted an invitation to mediate talks aimed at calming the Central American country, which has been roiled by protests over proposed changes to the national social security system and discontent with an increasingly authoritarian government.

“The (bishops) after praying, listening and seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, accept being (part of), in the character of ‘mediator and witness’ the dialogue convened by the President Daniel Ortega Saavedra…in the face of the very serious situations the Nicaraguan nation has experienced and intensified in the past week,” the bishops said.

“To facilitate the climate of dialogue, we consider it essential and imperative that both the government, along with each member of civil society, avoid all acts of violence, disrespect for public and private property and that a climate of serenity and absolute respect for human life…prevails.”

Protests in Nicaragua have claimed 25 lives and left more than 400 injured – the product of a heavy-handed crackdown, human rights observers allege.

Picture: People in Managua, Nicaragua, are seen on 23rd April at a makeshift memorial for demonstrators killed during protests against a reform to pension plans. The bishops’ conference of Nicaragua has accepted an invitation to mediate talks aimed at calming the Central American country. (CNS photo/Jorge Cabrera, Reuters).

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