Letter from the President to the Senate: Treaty Between US and Panama
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           September 5, 2000


     With a view to receiving the advice and consent
of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Treaty Between the
Government of the United States of America and the Government of the
Republic of Panama for the Return of Stolen, Robbed, or Converted Vehicles
and Aircraft, with Annexes, signed at Panama on June 6, 2000, and a related
exchange of notes of
July 25, 2000.  I transmit also, for the information of the Senate, the
report of the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.

     The Treaty is one of a series of stolen vehicle treaties being
negotiated by the United States in order to eliminate the difficulties
faced by owners of vehicles that have been stolen and transported across
international borders.  Like several in this series, this Treaty also
covers aircraft.  When it enters into force, it will be an effective tool
to facilitate the return of U.S. vehicles and aircraft that have been
stolen, robbed, or converted and taken to Panama.

     I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to
the Treaty, with Annexes and a related exchange of notes, and give its
advice and consent to ratification.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    September 5, 2000.

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