(posted Jan 6, 4pm)— The U.S. Embassy today broke its long silence on Nicaragua’s Chinese canal project to express its “concern about the lack of information and transparency that has existed and continues to exist about many of the important aspects of this project.”
“We urge that in all phases of this project — including the financing, the feasibility and environmental studies, the bidding process for participating construction companies from the United States and other nationalities, and the methodology to resolve the issue of property, and other aspects — are done in a way that is open and transparent,” the embassy said in a press release.
The U.S. also urged “all actors associated with this project” as well as those who have expressed their opinions about the canal to “avoid violence and guarantee the respect of human rights.”
The U.S. Embassy says it is “analyzing all the available information about the canal project” and making efforts to meet with all involved parties, including civil society, indigenous groups, business leaders, members of political parties, representatives of the Sandinista government and HKND.
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