The World: Panama: The Enduring Irritant

In the course of his Venezuelan speech last week, Henry Kissinger promised to negotiate differences between the U.S. and its Latin-American neighbors "with parity and dignity." As proof of his good intentions, the Secretary of State noted that the U.S. and Panama "are continuing to move forward in their historic negotiations on a Panama Canal treaty to establish a reliable long-term relationship between our two nations." Kissinger's Latin listeners, who unanimously support the return of the canal to Panama, were attentive but skeptical.

The fact is that progress has been snail-paced in the two years since Kissinger and Panamanian Foreign Minister Juan...

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