1. President of Nicaragua Enrique Bolanos and US Secretary of State Colin Powell come out to pose for photographers, shake hands
(FIRST RUN 2200 LATAM 28 FEB)
2. Set up shot of APTN's interview with President Bolanos
3. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Enrique Bolanos, President of Nicaragua:
"There is a trial, he (Arnoldo Aleman) is on trial now and he is under house arrest. We are convinced that yes, in the end he will be found guilty, because he is guilty. Our country has been very damaged, especially in terms of the level of poverty we have sunk to. We are not now and never were a poor country, we are a country that has been impoverished."
4. Cutaway of interview
5. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Enrique Bolanos, President of Nicaragua:
"We hope so but we'll see. If we are successfull, it will be a triumph for everyone who also wants to follow that route. If we were to fail... not that we are going to but it will be a hard and lonely struggle, if we failed, I believe that no one in future would dare to try what we are trying now."
File: Washington DC - 24 Feb 2003
6. President Bolanos departing from White House
Washington DC - 28 Feb 2003
7. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Enrique Bolanos, President of Nicaragua:
"Trade between the United States and Central America is greater than all trade between the United States and Russia, India and Indonesia put together, so Central America carries a certain clout on this issue. Nicaragua is less influential in the region because of the damage we've suffered in the past with our economy, but together we can all make progress. This is why I've taken it upon myself to take a leading role in Central American integration and to arrive at a free trade agreement with the United States, the largest market in the world."
9. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Enrique Bolanos, President of Nicaragua:
"There are still many questions in the report by Ambassador (Morris) Busby (former US Ambassador) which need to be investigated. But what is important here is that we are determined to introduce legislation so that this kind of thing can not occur again, which is what we are doing. This marks a great achievement for my administration, and demonstrates my determination that this can not happen again."
11. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Enrique Bolanos, President of Nicaragua:
"We don't possess the intelligence resources needed to know how much (Saddam) Hussein has or does not have, how much anthrax he has or does not have. We have to depend on the information provided by others. There is a resolution at the United Nations, at the Security Council, which we support, resolution 1441."
Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos said on Friday his former boss is guilty of corruption and hopes the law will hold him accountable.
On his fifth and last day of a trip to the United States, President Enrique Bolanos told the Associated Press that he is convinced former President Arnoldo Aleman is guilty of corruption.
Aleman is currently under house arrest in Managua on charges that he, his family and members of his administration spent millions of dollars illegally.
Bolanos served as Vice President during the Aleman administration.
Bolanos briefly met President George W Bush on Monday.
The Nicaraguan leader said he and his American counterpart talked about the Nicaraguan initiative to fight corruption, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which is currently under negotiation, and the global war on terrorism.
The Bush administration on Wednesday presented Congress with an ambitious timetable for reaching new trade deals.
The White House is currently involved in 34-nation talks to create the world's largest free trade zone, covering the Western Hemisphere.
On Friday, Nicaragua's President met United States Secretary of State Colin Powell in Washington.
Powell and Bolanos made no comment after their meeting, but Nicaraguan officials told Associated Press Television News that the two spoke about corruption and Central American integration.
Bolanos seeks to sign a trade agreement with the United States by the end of the year.
A Central American Free Trade Agreement would unite Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala with the aim of increasing their volume of trade with their northern neighbour.
Bolanos also commented on his government's investigation into how Nicaraguan weapons were sold to Colombian paramilitary groups, saying there were still questions to be asked but they would get to the bottom of it.
Bolanos also said his small country could not contribute military assistance to a US-led war in Iraq, but that it supports UN Resolution 1441.
President Bolanos will be back in Managua on Saturday.