From excerpt: Nicaraguan President Violetta Chamorro signs The Declaration of Charlottesville, an agreement to expand trade between Southern states and Central American nations, as Gaston Caperton, Governor of West Virginia, waits his turn . Dian Copelin, director of the Virginia Liaison Office, assists in the ceremony. Leaders from seven Central American countries joined governors and representatives from 12 Southern states and Puerto Rico for the economic summit, held at the University July 28, 1992. The meeting was hailed as a crucial first step toward developing economic opportunities, and participants plan to get together annually. The conference was sponsored by the Southern Growth Policies Board and the Southern Governors' Association, which Governor L. Douglas Wilder will chair in September.
Media Relations, University of Virginia Office of Public Affairs, Charlottesville, Va.