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U.N. Observers To Visit Nicaragua With AM-Central America, Bjt

March 22, 1988

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ A U.N. fact-finding team will leave for Nicaragua Tuesday to investigate the border violence between Nicaragua and Honduras, the United Nations announced.

It said in a statement Monday that the delegation of two diplomats and two military observers was being sent at the request of the leftist Sandinista government.

The statement said the team will visit only Nicaragua since no permission was received from the Honduran government to observe the situation on the Honduran side of the border.

Border violence flared in the mountainous, jungle-covered Bocay region last week when about 4,500 Nicaraguan troops mounted a major assault to drive U.S.-backed Contra rebels from Nicaraguan territory and destroy Contra supply bases on the Honduran side.

President Reagan sent about 3,200 U.S. troops to Honduras on a training exercise as a show of support for that government.

The U.N. observers are Gilberto Schlittler-Silva, director-designate of the U.N. Division of Security Council Affairs; Aleksandr Martinovic, political affairs officer in the office of Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar; and two Ecuadorean military officers, Maj. Jose Viggiano and Maj. Eduardo Gorgitano.

They are to report to Perez de Cuellar upon their return.

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