The member states of the System of Central American Integration (SICA) called for peace and respect for sovereignty without foreign interference in Nicaragua.
In a statement issued following a meeting of the organization, member states called for “an immediate cessation of violence in all its forms, which has resulted in insecurity, death, and destruction of public and private goods.”
SICA expresses its “confidence in dialogue and reconciliation as necessary paths toward construction and preservation of peace” and said, “we salute the will of the Nicaraguan government and sectors of Nicaraguan society for reaffirming its commitment to peace, directed toward the search of agreements, establishing as a main objective social justice, and the well-being of the people, in the framework of respect for human rights.”
The statement expresses its support for the processes of dialogue brokered by various organizations, but also its “deep concern for the situation of human and economic mobility that has affected the region,” referring to the blocking of highways and transportation by armed groups that has effectively stopped Nicaragua's economy.
The document was signed by representatives from the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Belize, and Nicaragua.
Pope Francis also said on Sunday that he was praying for the “beloved people of Nicaragua,” and that he wishes “to join the efforts of the Nicaraguan bishops and of the many people of goodwill who are acting as mediators and witnesses in an ongoing process of national dialogue on the road to democracy.”