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Public Papers - 1990 - January

Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting Certification of Panama's Cooperation in the Control of Illegal Narcotics

1990-01-26

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Chairman:)

I am transmitting to you my certification that Panama is fully cooperating with us on the war on drugs. In addressing the urgent issues connected with rebuilding virtually every aspect of Panamanian society since coming into office, the Government of President Guillermo Endara has made the war against drugs a centerpiece of its program. Panamanian leaders have demonstrated their commitment by cooperating in returning Manuel Noriega to face trial in the United States, by freezing hundreds of bank accounts at U.S. request, and by concluding a comprehensive narcotics control agreement with us.

I am convinced that the Panamanian people and their government recognize that it is in their direct national interest to end their association with the scourge of drugs. I have firmly concluded that the vital national interests of the United States require that assistance and benefits be provided to Panama, and that the United States support multilateral development bank assistance to that country.

I therefore urge you to enact a joint resolution approving my determination immediately.

Sincerely,

George Bush

Note: Identical letters were sent to Thomas S. Foley, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Claiborne Pell, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Dante B. Fascell, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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