79. Memorandum From the Assistant to the President (Jordan) and William Hyland of the National Security Council Staff to President Carter1
- Panama Canal Treaty
Attached is the background material you requested on the new Panama Canal Treaty: (1) Basic Elements and (2) Talking Points.
However, the latest report from Panama indicates the negotiations have slowed down somewhat today and that an announcement that an agreement in principle has been reached may be delayed for three or four days.2
The negotiators are encountering some new problems as they examine the new Panamanian draft of the treaty. We do not yet have a sense of how serious these problems are. In addition, the military negotiators working on the land and water issues have encountered minor problems. Under these circumstances, it would be best to hold off making any telephone calls until we have further word.
We will send you an update as soon as we talk to Bunker or Linowitz.[Page 248]
- Source: Carter Library, Plains Files, President’s Personal Foreign Affairs File, Box 3, Panama Canal, 8/77. Confidential.↩
- In telegram 5677 from Panama City, August 9, Jorden reported that while the negotiations were proceeding at an intensive pace, a long list of matters remained to be covered before agreement in principle could be reached in all matters. Jorden questioned whether or not work on the remaining list could be completed that week. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, D770286–1220)↩
- See footnote 5, Document 66. ↩