Panama is continuing to seek an agreement with the United States for the removal of a small number of U.S. World War II-era chemical munitions abandoned on San Jose Island, the Associated Press reported yesterday (see GSN, Sept. 19, 2003).
“We cannot exempt the United States of its responsibilities,” said Panamanian Foreign Minister Harmondio Arias. “We don’t have chemical weapons. The ones that are on the island were left there by them,” he added.
A government report on foreign relations says that contacts between Panama and the United States on the issue “have continued,” AP reported (Associated Press, Aug. 12).