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New York Times
New York Times
12, 1984, Thursday, Late City Final Edition
Section A; Page 14, Column 1; Foreign Desk
KEY SECTIONS FROM STUDY OF LATIN REGION BY
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11WASHINGTON, Jan. 11
Following are key sections of the
of the President's
on Central America, which was
made public today:
Most members of this
began with what we now see as an extremely limited understanding of the
region, its needs and its importance. The more we learned, the more convinced we became that the crisis
there is real, and acute; that the United States must act to meet it, and act boldly; that the stakes are large, for
the United States, for the hemisphere, and, most poignantly, for the people of Central America.
we propose significant attention and help to a previously neglected area of the hemisphere.
Some, who have not studied the area as we have, may think this disproportionate, dismissing it as the natural
reaction of a
created to deal with a single subject. We think any such judgment would be a grave
It is true that other parts of the world are troubled. Some of these, such as the Middle East, are genuinely in
crisis. But the crisis in Central America makes a particularly urgent claim on the United States for several
First, Central America is our near neighbor. Because of this, it critically involves our own security interests.
But more than that, what happens on our doorstep calls to our conscience. History, contiguity, consanguinity
- all these tie us to the rest of the Western Hemisphere; they also tie us very particularly to the nations of
Central America. When Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed what he called his ''Good Neighbor Policy,'' that was
more than a phrase. It was a concept that goes to the heart of civilized relationships not only among people
but also among nations. When our neighbors are in trouble, we cannot close our eyes and still be true to
Second, the crisis calls out to us because we
make a difference. Because the nations are small, because
they are near, efforts that would be minor by the standards of other crises can have a large impact on this one.
Third, whatever the short-term costs of acting now, they are far less than the long-term costs of not acting