The Hemisphere: Protocol Problems

When nearly a score of American Presidents gather, as they will June 25 and 26 in Panama, who gets the presidential suite at the leading hotel? Must troops at the airport fire a 21-gun salute for each chief executive on the afternoon of arrival—as many as 420 eardrum-blasting booms altogether? Last week Host Panama, having successfully paved the way for what will probably be history's biggest gathering of heads of state, tackled the touchy protocol problems.

Luckily the twelve-story, balconied Hotel El Panama, built five years ago with an Export-Import Bank loan, can luxuriously house hundreds in the presidential parties, including ambassadors...

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