Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on the Deployment of
In light of the significant cross-border incursion by Sandinista armed forces into Honduras from Nicaragua, and at the request of the Government of Honduras, the President has ordered the immediate deployment of an infantry brigade task force consisting of two battalions of the 82d Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, two battalions from the 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California, plus supporting units to Palmerola Air Force Base in Honduras for an emergency deployment readiness exercise.
addition to its value as a test of the proficiency of our military units, this
exercise is a measured response designed to show our staunch support to the
democratic Government of Honduras at a time when its territorial integrity is
being violated by the Cuban- and Soviet-supported Sandinista army. This
exercise is also intended as a signal to the governments and peoples of
Note: Marlin Fitzwater read the statement to reporters at in the Briefing Room at the White House.