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Public Papers - 1989 - August

Statement by Press Secretary Fitzwater on President Bush's Telephone Conversation With President Virgilio Barco Vargas of Colombia

1989-08-21

The President this evening called President Barco of Colombia to express his condolences for the loss of Presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan and so many leaders of Colombia. The President assured President Barco of his strong support and expressed his admiration for the steps he has taken to restore law and order. He reiterated the United States intention to render appropriate assistance as rapidly as possible. President Barco indicated he had read press speculation about the use of U.S. troops in Colombia. He affirmed to the President that U.S. troops would not be necessary. The call took place at 8:06 p.m. e.d.t.

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