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Negotiators agree to rules for Nicaragua dialogue

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The government and representatives of the opposition said Tuesday night that they have agreed on the underlying rules for a dialogue aimed at resolving Nicaragua's political turmoil that has cost hundreds of lives and dragged on for nearly a year.

The government and representatives of the opposition said Tuesday night that they have agreed on the underlying rules for a dialogue aimed at resolving Nicaragua's political turmoil that has cost hundreds of lives and dragged on for nearly a year.

The Vatican's ambassador, Waldemar Sommertag, read a joint statement from the two sides announcing a framework for talks.

After a week of meetings, the sides agreed that Sommertag will serve as a "witness" to the talks, but unlike a short-lived dialogue effort last year, there will not be mediators. 

Representatives of the Roman Catholic and evangelical churches in Nicaragua will be invited as domestic witnesses.

The sides also that said agreements will be reached by consensus and that those agreements will be the foundation of what the talks produce.

Sommertag said that so far "the negotiation had evolved in an atmosphere of mutual respect and search for understanding."

They set a tentative goal of finalizing negotiations March 28, but among the first hurdles will be agreeing on the agenda for the dialogue.

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