THE AMERICAS: Forthright Visitor

Uruguay's Luis Batlle Berres, as a onetime journalist and present President of a country where free speech is proudly maintained, is a man who likes plain talk.

Last week, as he moved through the maze of flowery welcomes and formal functions that are the lot of leaders of friendly nations on state visits to the U.S., Batlle Berres found time to do a bit of plain talking.

At a meeting of the Council of the Organization of American States held in his honor, he sharply warned against "flooding" Latin America with surplus products, saying that it would be "ruinous to the...

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