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IAPA to Hold Meeting in Panama

February 1, 1985

PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) _ The Inter-American Press Association will hold its annual meeting here March 10-14, and will ask the government to return newspapers seized in 1968 to their owners, an IAPA official said Thursday.

Roberto Eisenmann Jr., vice president for Panama, said the group will ask President Nicolas Ardito Barletta to return the newspapers, which were confiscated after the coup that eventually brought the late Gen. Omar Torrijos to power.

Arditoo Barletta, who is scheduled to speak to the press group, took office after 1983 elections, the first general elections in 16 years. The government has continued to publish the newspapers.

Eisenmann said the meeting of about 200 editors and publishers will draft reports on press freedom in each country of the hemisphere. Hosts for the meeting are the Panamanian dailies La Estrella de Panama and La Prensa.

Prominent Latin American writers have been invited to speak at a symposium during the meeting. They include Mario Vargas Llosa of Peru, Octavio Paz of Mexico, Jorge Luis Borges and Ernesto Sabato of Argentina, Arturo Uslar Pietri of Venezuela and Fernando Savater of Spain.

Invited to address the group on the situation in Central America are U.S. Ambassador to Panama Everett Briggs; Gen. Paul Gorman, outgoing chief of the U.S. Southern Command forces in Panama; Panamanian Foreign Minister Fernando Cardoze; Salvadoran rebel leader Guillermo Ungo, and Adolfo Calero Portocarrero, a Nicaraguan rebel leader.

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