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U.S. Interested in Renting Military Bases in Panama after Pullout in 2000

LADB Article ID: 56198
Category/Department: Panama
Date: 1995-03-24
By: LADB Staff

On March 11, an official of the US Embassy in Panama, Oliver Garza, confirmed that the US State Department was considering negotiating an annex to the 1977 Torrijos-Carter agreements that would permit US military forces to remain in the country after the Canal is turned over to Panama in the year 2000. Garza said President Clinton intends to respect the terms of the treaty, but, for reasons of "strategic necessity," wishes to keep military forces stationed at an unspecified number of bases after the scheduled US withdrawal.

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