Panamanian leader, Omar Torrijos, arrived in Bolivia on Friday (24 October) for talks on Latin American solidarity.
Panamanian leader, Omar Torrijos, arrived in Bolivia on Friday (24 October) for talks on Latin American solidarity. At the end of his talks with Bolivian President Hugo Banzer, he announced that Panama will allow the United States to administer the panama Canal until the end of the century.
The United States controls the canal zone under a treaty concluded early this century giving it possession "in perpetuity". Negotiations on a new agreement have been underway for the past two years and have caused must controversy throughout Latin America which has supported Panama's struggle for sovereignty.
General Torrijos said although the U.S. will administer the canal, at least 11 of the 14 U.S.military establishments in the zone will have to be dismantled. He said within three years Panamanians will control postal and police services.
The two leaders in their talks agreed to work as a united front for sovereignty. Other issue were Bolivia's demand for an outlet to the Pacific Ocean and Latin American integration.