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NATION IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C. : Helms Stalls Vote on Panama Envoy

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Sen. Jesse Helms stalled the nomination of a Jimmy Carter protege as ambassador to Panama, criticizing his role in the recent negotiations with Haiti’s military and in the “giveaway” of the Panama Canal. President Clinton named Robert Pastor, a Latin American specialist at the Carter Center in Atlanta, as envoy to Panama. Prospects for his Senate approval before Congress’ scheduled adjournment on Oct. 7 appeared dim after Helms (R-N.C.) stalled a Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on the nomination.


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