269. Telegram From the White House to the Embassy in Panama1
5857. Subject: Presidential Message. For: Ambassador Moss. Please deliver the following message from President Carter to President Royo. No hard copy will follow.
Dear Mr. President:
Thank you for your warm and gracious letter of June 13 regarding the new spirit of cooperation between the United States and Panama.2
I share your appreciation of the splendid way in which the citizens of our two countries have adjusted to new conditions created by the Panama Canal Treaties of 1977. The implementation of the treaties has not been without its problems, but I am pleased to see that we are addressing our difficulties in a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect. One of the most encouraging aspects of our new treaty relationship is the promptness and cordiality of the manner in which the bilateral bodies established by the treaty have been functioning.
Your assurance of Panama’s commitment to meet fully its responsibilities under the treaties is most welcome. The United States, you may be sure, will do the same. The spirit of these agreements will provide a lasting foundation for cooperation between our countries in the years to come.
President of the Republic of Panama
- Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, President’s Correspondence with Foreign Leaders, Box 15, Panama: President Aristides Royo, 1–11/80. Confidential. Sent for information to the Secretary.↩
- A copy of the June 13 letter is in the Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Brzezinski Material, President’s Correspondence with Foreign Leaders, Box 15, Panama: President Aristides Royo, 1–11/80.↩