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SU3JZCT: republican party position on ratification of canal treaties
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pr leaders have not yetosition on the new canal treaties or on the timing of their ratification. they areecisionfter they have received the spanish text and the pr leaders and deputies havehance to discuss the treaties in detail with one of the negotiators. president robles haseeting for that purpose and it is expected to' take "place sometime during the week of
APPROVED FOR RELEASE DATE:1
2. SIMILAR MEETWGS WILL BE HELD WITH THE OTHER MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS. ROBLES HAS ASSURED PR LEADERS THAT HE WILL NOT AUTHORIZE THE SIGNING OF THE TREATIES UNTIL HE HAS h'AD THE VIEWS OF THE POLITICAL
PARTIES, AS WELL AS OF THE CABINET AND THE COUNCIL OF FOREIGN RELATIONS.
signed in time to submitpecial session of the national assemblyeptember. however, if there is any sirio'js disunity within the government coalition on the treaties, HE may well have to postpone a" least the ratification until after the elections in this decision will depend upon the results Or the meetings OF the parties WITH the negotiators.)
a. PR leaders ftRI NOT in favor of robles* going to washington for 7XZ SIGNING ceremony in any case. their reasoning is thatripnnecessary and would give THE impression
of undue Panamanian deference to the united" states.
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