The Nation: Keeping the Canal Pacts Afloat

Carter cools a crisis of understanding with an "understanding"

"We understand each other." So said Panama's General Omar Torrijos Herrera last week, soon after he emerged from a 105-minute session with Jimmy Carter in the White House. It was no idle remark. Just how the two leaders under stood the meaning of certain key elements of the Panama Canal treaties had become a crucial question in Carter's struggle to sell the pacts to the Senate and a still skeptical U.S. public. By week's end, with the aid of a three-paragraph "statement of understanding,"...

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