Serial No. 106-73: Post-1999 U.S. Security and Counter-Drug Interests in Panama, Hearing Before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, Thursday, July 29, 1999   [open pdf - 703KB]

This is the July 29, 1999 hearing on "Post-1999 U.S. Security and Counter-Drug Interests in Panama," held before the U.S. House Committee on International Relations. From the opening statement of Benjamin A. Gilman: "At the end of this year, there will be no American troops in Panama for the first time since 1903. Yet, our own drug czar, General Barry McCaffrey, has called the narco-guerrilla crisis next door in Colombia a 'serious and growing emergency'. The United States military is turning over our facilities, valued at some $5 billion, to Panama on schedule. The Panama Canal Treaties will be implemented to the letter, and that is appropriate. What is not appropriate, however, is for the U.S. Government to turn our backs on Panama. Just as Panama is about to exercise full sovereignty over its territory, that country finds itself in a very dangerous neighborhood. The framers of the 1977 treaties could not have foreseen neighboring Colombia's drug-fueled agony; nor the sophistication of the drug cartels' corrupting, criminal reach. Nonetheless, under the treaties, our Nation will still protect the Panama Canal. Although the treaties provide that the United States and Panama can extend the U.S. military presence in Panama beyond 1999, no agreement has been reached." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: George A. Joulwan and Thomas E. McNamara.

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