THE AMERICAS: Presidents at Work

Decked out in gleaming tropical whites, Panama's President Ricardo Arias led 18 fellow American Presidents and Presidents-elect into a conference room in Panama City this week to consider a five-point declaration of hemisphere principles. The visitors listened as the document was read in English, Spanish and French, voted their approval, then filed out for a public signing.

The declaration's keynote: "In a world in which the dignity of the individual, his fundamental rights and the spiritual values of mankind are seriously threatened by totalitarian forces alien to the tradition of our peoples...

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