Costa Rica, Panama and DR plead for release of political prisoners in Nicaragua



QCOSTARICA – At the high-level meeting held within the framework of the “Alliance for Development in Democracy”, the Presidents of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen; Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, and the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader Corona, signed a declaration in favor of the development of these countries.

They also made their voices heard on environmental issues, pleaded in favor of post-pandemic economic recovery and agreed that the development of the electoral process in Nicaragua “does not meet the guarantees of free, fair, inclusive and transparent elections”, during the trilateral meeting held this Wednesday in Panama City.

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During the meeting, a political, cooperation and economic dialogue took place, in order to build a stable region that allows the level of social and economic development to promote the well-being and hope of the peoples.

“We are countries which have built strong democracies, respectful of human rights, of institutions. We are countries that have struggled to grow their economies. And, in today’s world, these affinities mean that we need to be closer, work and cooperate together, ”President Alvarado said.

Political dialogue

The leaders expressed their concern at the increase in irregular migratory flows, for which they reiterated the urgent need for an immediate approach, within the framework of a comprehensive approach and with the effective shared responsibility of all countries of the region of the Americas that were established on the road. of origin, transit and destination.

The leaders also made a special appeal to the United States, as it is one of the main destination countries for most migratory flows.

They also expressed their concern at the critical political situation and the deterioration of human rights in Nicaragua, agreeing that the development of the electoral process in this country does not meet the guarantees of free, fair, inclusive and transparent elections, which will be held on November 7.

In view of this, Cortizo, Alvarado and Abinader urged the government of Nicaragua to immediately release political prisoners and restore all their civil and political rights.

Cooperation dialogue

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The three countries will endeavor to identify strategic areas of collaboration and lines of action in the necessary recovery from the pandemic and urged developed countries to “mobilize extraordinary concessional financing” for this recovery.

The leaders pledged to study the feasibility of jointly developing a cutting-edge biotechnology research center with the aim of finding new solutions to health, technological and environmental problems, among others.

Economic dialogue

At the trilateral meeting, the presidents instructed their foreign trade ministers, under the coordination of the Dominican Republic and the active participation of the private sector, to schedule a meeting before the end of 2021, with the aim of identifying initiatives aimed at to attract investment and revive trade in the region.

“The Alliance for Development in Democracy” was signed on September 22 at the United Nations in New York, and its objective is to address areas of common interest and priority for the foreign policy of these three countries. This includes sustainable development, the environment, trade, migration, security, as well as the consolidation of actions in favor of effective health care and the search for international cooperation in the region.

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Panama’s foreign ministers, Erika Mouynes, also attended the trilateral meeting; from Costa Rica, Rodolfo Solano, and from the Dominican Republic, Roberto Álvarez, among others.

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