We have noted the International Democrat Union’s statement of 1 November, on political developments in Nicaragua. We encourage the Nicaraguan government to engage fully with the EU on a Strategic Dialogue and would emphasise the need for implementation of the EU Observer Mission recommendations of November 2011. The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), will raise these points when he meets Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Santos on 26 November.