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Torrijos - Carter Treaty Signed 35 Years Ago Today

History & ReferenceThe Torrijos - Carter Treaty and other related documents were signed in Washington DC on September 7, 1977 between General Omar Torrijos Herrera and the US President Jimmy Carter. This treaty progressively transferred sovereignty over the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, on 31 December 1999. These agreements were signed in the offices of the Organization of American States, with presidents from all around Latin America as guests and witnesses. The treaty was subsequently ratified by a plebiscite in Panama on 23 October 1977, and approved by the U.S. Senate in March and April of 1978.

The treaties committing both countries to agree in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide the good administration, operation and proper maintenance of the Panama Canal. The Torrijos - Carter Treaty consists of a preamble, 14 articles, an annex and minutes; and another Treaty Concerning the Permanent Neutrality and Operation of the Panama Canal which guarantees the free movement and its neutrality in perpetuity. Without any doubt, the signing of the Torrijos - Carter treaty was a remarkable achievement for the time, achieving the promise of the full reimbursement of the Canal Zone to the Panamanians.

This treaty contains the DeConcini amendment that allows the United States to retake control of the Canal if they believe the security of the country (the United States) or the hemisphere is threatened, or if it is found that Panama's administration of the canal is deficient. (Dia a Dia)

Editor's Comment: The economic expansion currently being enjoyed in Panama today can be directly attributed to the full implementation of the Torrijos - Carter treaty.

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Torrijos - Carter Treaty Signed 35 Years Ago Today
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 08 2012 @ 01:25 PM UTC

It is my understanding that the treaty was pushed on the US because Panama couldn't pay its debts to Wall st. bankers, and the bankers wanted their money. The only way to make that happen was to give the canal to Panama so the revenue could be used to pay back the big bankers. It seems a little naive to think we would have signed a treaty so many Americans were against (read: electorate). Carter was a puppet.

Torrijos - Carter Treaty Signed 35 Years Ago Today
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, September 08 2012 @ 03:47 PM UTC

My only concern is that the USA did not press enough to keep at least 3 bases. Howard and Kobbe, Rodman and Ft Sherman. Howard is still a jewel in the center of the Americas and Ft Sherman is a better enclave for specialized jungle training. Panama is developing very fast with no limits, and hopefully it would not end up like Miami.... way way up in the top and suddenly,,,, down down to the ground. ra

Torrijos - Carter Treaty Signed 35 Years Ago Today
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, September 09 2012 @ 10:47 PM UTC

There's always a WOFG (White Old Fart Gringo) that tries to re-write history in order to claim that the Panama Canal Treaty was some kind of conspiracy by dark and misterious outside group to steal the canal from the US and that Panama would never be able to manage and maintain such an important commercial world operation.
Panama for all its current internal problems, has demonstrated good stewardship of the canal and it has become a more efficient financial enterprise than even when the US was managing the canal.
I just love the fact that a little country of 3.5 mil, keeps proving the racist members of the John Birch Society and all the Strom Thurmond fans how wrong they were 35 years ago.
Get over it morons!! And if it bothers you so much, get the F*** out and go pound sand!!!

Torrijos - Carter Treaty Signed 35 Years Ago Today
Authored by: oldmanandthesea on Monday, September 10 2012 @ 12:35 PM UTC

One thing I find bothersome about the photo of Carter and Torrijos is the signs in front of them: "Estados Unidos" and "Panama". They could have just as easily said: "America" and "Republica de", which would amount to the same thing in reverse. Why is it that America can't use the name of our country,"America", but rather are forced to use only a part of that name? There is another "Los Estados Unidos de", but no one would dream of referring to it sans the name of their country, "Mexico". Has anyone figured out why this is so?

Clyde Jenkins