1 Report of the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America [i] (1984)

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CHAIRMAN                                                 SENIOR COUNSELLORS:
DR HENRY A. KISSINGER                                    REP. MICHAEL D. BARNES
.COMMISSION MEMBERS:  THE.NATIONAL BIPARTISAN COMMISSION SEP LLYD B E
MR. NICHOLAS F. BRADY
MAYOR HENRY G. CISNEROS   ON CENTRAL AMERICA     SEN. DANE . oUE
Gov. WILLIAM P. CLEMENTS, JR.                            SEP. DACILF. KEMP
DR. CARLOS F. DIAz-ALEJANDRO                             AE. JANE KRP
MR. WILSON S, JOHNSON                                     M WINSTOKIR
MR. LANE KIRKLAND                                        SE. CHA RL
MR. RICHARD M. SCAMMON                                   M  R. W M . OGER S
DR. JOHN SILBER                                           R. JAM C. RIGHT
JUSTICE POTTER STEWART
Ama ROBERT S. STRAUSS
DR WILLIAM B WALSH
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
AMT                     T HARRY W. SHLAUDEMAN

                                    January  10, 1984



The  President
The  White House
Washington,   D.C.

Dear  Mr. President:

     In establishing   the National  Bipartisan  Commission  on
Central  America,  you  asked its  advice on  what would  be
appropriate   elements  of a long-term  United  States  policy  that
will  best respond  to  the challenges  of  social,  economic,  and
democratic   development  in the  region,  and to internal  and
external  threats  to  its security  and stability.

     The analyses  and  recommendations   in this report  seek  to
respond  to  that request.   However,  as we  studied  the region  and
its  problems  -- its crisis  -- we  found  that the  long-term
challenge  also  requires  short-term  actions.   In  many respects
the  crisis  is so acute,  and the  time-frame  for response  so
limited,  that  immediate  responses  are a  necessary  element, of
any  long-tLerm policy.   Thus to  some extent  we have  discussed
both,  though  we have  tried to place, such  short-term
recommendations   as we  make within  the  framework of  a
longer-term   approach.

     You also  asked our  advice on  means  of building  a national
consensus  on  a comprehensive  United  States  policy  for the
region..  our  best advice  on this  is, I  believe,  embodied  less
in  the specific  language  of the  report  than in  its total
message,  which  reflects  the extraordinary   experience  of this
Commission. Twelve members, of both political parties and of
widely  disparate  views,  studying  the situation   in Central
America  with  intensity  and-dedication  over  a period  of nearly
six  months,  reached a  degree of  consensus  at the  end that  I
think  few of  us expected  at the beginning. The lesson of this
experience,   I believe,  is that  the best  route to  consensus  on
U. S., policy toward Central  America  is by  exposure  to the
realities  of  Central America.


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