The U.S. and Panama (3 April) signed an agreement providing for immediate resumption of diplomatic?
The U.S. and Panama (3 April) signed an agreement providing for immediate resumption of diplomatic relations and calling for the adoptic of procedures to iron out differences over the Panama Canal that led to the diplomatic rupture in the first place.
The declaration did not specially mention the Canal, but it called for "prompt elimination of the cause of conflict between the two countries" and there was no doubt that this meant a review of the 1903 Canal Zone treaty, which Panama has been demanding.
The declaration said that the two governments had agreed to designate ambassadors with sufficient powers to undertake "the necessary procedures with the objective of reaching a just and fair agreement.
President Johnson immediately set up a White House ceremony in honor of the event and announced that Robert Anderson, secretary of the treasury under former President Eisenhower, would be the special U.S. Ambassador on the talks with Panama.
The agreement ended the disturbanave that began last 9 January with bloody riots in the Canal Zone. The riots were set off by a controversy over he the flying of U.S. and Pabamaian flags in the zone but quickly turned into a conflict over revision of the 1903 treaty.
The point declaration was signed at the headquarters of the organisation of American States in Washington by Ambassador Elllsworth Bunker of the U.S. and Ambassador Miguel J. Moreno, Jr/ of Panama. Ambassador Juan Bautista Lavalle, of Peru, who helped arrange the accord looked on.