12. Letter From President Carter to the Panama Canal Treaty Co-Negotiator (Linowitz)1
Cy Vance has brought the Report of the Commission on U.S.-Latin American Relations to my attention, and I want you to know that I welcome and appreciate the initiative of you and your colleagues.2 I [Page 61] also want to assure you that it will be given very careful consideration by my Administration.
I am very pleased that you have agreed to serve as Co-Negotiator on the Panama Canal Treaty, as I place the highest priority on negotiating a new treaty. We need it both to protect our interests in the Canal and to begin to build more realistic relationships with the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Source: Carter Library, White House Central Files Subject File, Box C0 121, 1. No classification marking.↩
- See footnote 5, Document 5. In 1976, the Commission issued a report which stressed the “great urgency of negotiating a new Panama Canal Treaty” among other issues. (Linowitz, The Making of a Public Man, p. 144)↩