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Serial No. 106-64: To Receive an Update on Selected Regional Issues to Include: Colombia and U.S. Policy; Legislative Elections in Haiti and U.S. Troop Withdrawal; Status of Counter-Drug Forward Operating Locations; U.S. Cuba Counter-Narcotics Cooperation Proposal; Chinese Influence in the Panama Canal; Political Events in Venezuela; and Status of U.S. Property Claims in Nicaragua: Hearing before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, September 29, 1999   [open pdf - 1MB]

On September 29, 1999, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on International Relations convenes to receive an update on selected regional issues including: Colombia and U.S. Policy; Legislative Elections in Haiti and U.S. Troop Withdrawal; Status of Counter-Drug Forward Operating Locations; U.S. Cuba Counter-Narcotics Cooperation Proposal; Chinese Influence in the Panama Canal; Political Events in Venezuela; and Status of U.S. Property Claims in Nicaragua. Testifying is Ambassador Peter Romero, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the US Department of State. Subcommittee Chairman Elton Gallegly questions the level of importance of Latin American issues hold for American policy. He hopes that "the Administration will signal a renewed interest in the region beyond drugs and disasters, and that we will continue to recognize the importance of our neighbors and partners to the south." Ranking Member Ackerman adds the elections of Argentina, Chile, and Mexico to the list of subject for discussion and testimony. He states "While I don't think there will be movement backwards toward authoritarian regimes, there has been a noticeable slowing of economic reforms as the political support for free market capitalism wanes." Peter Romero testifies to the "signing of a multilateral evaluation mechanism that has been agreed upon by every single member state of the OAS", the "excellent cooperation" with the Mexican government on drug enforcement, and a variety of events, programs, and strategies regarding other Latin American countries, including Colombia, Cuba, Panama (with respect to China and the Panama Canal), Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Haiti.

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Serial No. 106-64
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1999-09-29
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