Diplomacy Peace Mission

Advice from a candid President

When Ronald Reagan first met Colombian President Belisario Betancur Cuartas, 62, during a five-day tour of Latin America more than two years ago, the U.S. President had been forewarned of the Colombian's reputation for candor. Betancur lived up to his advance billing. He criticized Reagan publicly for the U.S.'s approach to Central American problems and complained of "frustrations and irreparable damage" in developing countries caused by U.S. economic policies.

This week Reagan and Betancur will meet face to face again as the Colombian head of state arrives on a three-day "working visit" to Washington. Once more, Central America will rank high...

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