The government of Panama on Wednesday launched an independent commission to identify people killed or missing in the 1989 US invasion of the country that brought down dictator Manuel Noriega.
“There can be no reconciliation if the truth is not known,” Panama’s vice president and foreign minister, Isabel De Saint Malo, said.
“Panama is seeking to heal its wounds,” she added, speaking to a gathering of officials, religious leaders, some who lost kin or property in the invasion, and the UN representative to Panama.
There have been insistent calls in Panama for compensation from the US for the deaths and damage wrought in the invasion.
While the Panamanian government has not officially backed those demands, it has for the past two years pressed for a “reconciliation” effort.