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January 4, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The surrender of Manuel A. Noriega was accomplished by extreme diplomatic pressures from Vatican representatives, who even told Noriega they might move their embassy and leave him alone in the compound surrounded by U.S. soldiers and an angry populace, according to sources in Panama and Washington. Papal Nuncio Jose Sebastian Laboa "painted a very dismal picture" for Noriega, a Western European diplomat said shortly after Noriega's surrender was announced Wednesday night.
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January 5, 1990 | ROBIN WRIGHT and KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For 11 days, dozens of officials and diplomats from the United States, the Vatican and Panama conferred around the clock while their advisers pored over constitutions, canon law, extradition treaties and legal precedents--all in an effort to end the agonizing standoff with deposed Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega. But the crisis in Panama City ultimately became a contest of wills between two men--a self-proclaimed "maximum leader" and a gentle but stubborn Spanish-born priest.
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December 28, 1989 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Panamanian President Guillermo Endara demanded Wednesday that the Vatican revoke the sanctuary given former dictator Manuel A. Noriega in the papal embassy here and "tell him to leave." "We believe Gen. Noriega's crimes are not political," Endara said at a news conference. "He is a common criminal of the worst kind--homicide and narco-trafficking. I feel the nuncio (Vatican envoy Jose Sebastian Laboa) should in the very near future ask the deposed dictator to leave."
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January 4, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The surrender of Manuel A. Noriega was accomplished by extreme diplomatic pressures from Vatican representatives, who even told Noriega they might move their embassy and leave him alone in the compound surrounded by U.S. soldiers and an angry populace, according to sources in Panama and Washington. Papal Nuncio Jose Sebastian Laboa "painted a very dismal picture" for Noriega, a Western European diplomat said shortly after Noriega's surrender was announced Wednesday night.
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December 30, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vatican, sharply criticizing U.S. forces for harassing its embassy in Panama City, said Friday that the Pope's emissary there is trying to persuade fugitive dictator Manuel A. Noriega to abandon the embassy but that the deposed strongman will not be forced to leave. "Certainly Gen. Noriega is not living in a hotel, so one day or another he must leave," Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said.
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January 5, 1990 | ROBIN WRIGHT and KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For 11 days, dozens of officials and diplomats from the United States, the Vatican and Panama conferred around the clock while their advisers pored over constitutions, canon law, extradition treaties and legal precedents--all in an effort to end the agonizing standoff with deposed Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega. But the crisis in Panama City ultimately became a contest of wills between two men--a self-proclaimed "maximum leader" and a gentle but stubborn Spanish-born priest.
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December 25, 1989 | DOYLE McMANUS and RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
President Bush said Sunday that he is pleased that Manuel A. Noriega sought refuge in the Vatican embassy in Panama, declaring that it means that the dictator's "reign of terror is over." But the wily general's move poses potentially awkward problems for his pursuers. In a worst-case scenario, officials said, it could produce a long and embarrassing diplomatic stalemate that might result in his escape to another country.
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December 29, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The Vatican today called the United States an "occupying power" in Panama and angrily rejected demands that the Holy See's embassy in Panama City hand over ousted dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega. But chief Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the Holy See is trying to persuade Noriega, wanted in the United States on drug charges, to leave the embassy of his own free will.
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January 6, 1990 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than three hours after U.S. troops began their invasion here Dec. 20, American officials were told where fugitive Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega was hiding but disregarded the information, according to a European diplomat who made the call. "In the third hour of the attack," the diplomat said, "he was two houses down (from the diplomat's home), in the flat of Vicki's grandmother" in a high-rise structure called Edificio Winston Churchill.
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December 31, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soft-pedaling its diplomatic differences with the United States, the Vatican said Saturday that it does not intend to help deposed dictator Manuel A. Noriega evade justice by granting him refuge in its embassy in Panama City. A communique from the Vatican's Secretariat of State one day after the Vatican criticized harassment by U.S. troops surrounding the embassy was a clear peace-seeking gesture, in the judgment of Vatican observers.
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December 30, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Vatican, sharply criticizing U.S. forces for harassing its embassy in Panama City, said Friday that the Pope's emissary there is trying to persuade fugitive dictator Manuel A. Noriega to abandon the embassy but that the deposed strongman will not be forced to leave. "Certainly Gen. Noriega is not living in a hotel, so one day or another he must leave," Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said.
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December 28, 1989 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Panamanian President Guillermo Endara demanded Wednesday that the Vatican revoke the sanctuary given former dictator Manuel A. Noriega in the papal embassy here and "tell him to leave." "We believe Gen. Noriega's crimes are not political," Endara said at a news conference. "He is a common criminal of the worst kind--homicide and narco-trafficking. I feel the nuncio (Vatican envoy Jose Sebastian Laboa) should in the very near future ask the deposed dictator to leave."
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December 29, 1989 | DOYLE McMANUS and ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Bush Administration is seeking to increase pressure on the Vatican to turn deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega over to the United States and plans to present new evidence of his alleged crimes to papal authorities in Rome, officials said Thursday. U.S.
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January 4, 1990 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 10 days after being overthrown in a U.S. military invasion and taking refuge in the Vatican embassy, Manuel A. Noriega lived a secluded, Spartan life, sealed off from the outside world by the reluctant host of his diplomatic sanctuary. Three times a day, the deposed dictator of Panama opened the door to his sweltering second-floor room in the Vatican nunciature, accepted a meal on a tray and shut himself in again, according to visitors to the embassy compound.
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