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OAS Voices Concern About U.S. Move

January 09, 1990| Reuters

WASHINGTON — The Organization of American States expressed deep concern Monday over the entrance of U.S. troops into the Nicaraguan embassy residence in Panama last month.

The resolution, approved 19-0 with the United States and six other countries abstaining, was a watered-down version of a Nicaraguan proposal to declare the Dec. 29 incident a flagrant violation of international law.

Canada, in its first vote since formally becoming an OAS member earlier in the day, joined the Latin American and Caribbean nations who expressed concern over the U.S. action, which occurred during the invasion to oust Panamanian military ruler Manuel A. Noriega.

The resolution declared that the entrance by U.S. troops into the Nicaraguan embassy residence was a violation of diplomatic privileges and immunities but took note of a formal U.S. statement regretting the incident.

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