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President Corazon Aquino said it is up to the United States to decide whether to accept a Soviet offer and close its Philippine bases in return for a Soviet pullout from a strategic garrison in Vietnam. On Friday, Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev offered to abandon naval facilities in Cam Ranh Bay if the United States removes its military installations from the Philippines. “That is for the two superpowers to discuss and to talk about,” Aquino said. U.S.-Philippine negotiations over the future of the six American bases are deadlocked.


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