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NORIEGA FOE GAINS INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT

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Opposition leader Guillermo Ford, who spent three weeks in Europe and the United States drumming up international pressure against Panamanian strongman Manuel Antonio Noriega, returned to Panama Tuesday promising "liberty, justice and democracy."

"We have gained the understanding of Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, Mr. (Giulio) Andreotti of Italy, Mr. Felipe Gonzalez (of Spain) and I bring with great emotion to the Panamanian people the blessings of the pope," Ford told reporters upon his arrival at Omar Torrijos International Airport.Ford, his wife, Dorita and human rights activist Osvaldo Velasquez were delayed at the airport for about 45 minutes by immigration officials of the Panama Defense Force.

Asked by reporters about the delay, Ford said: "We were told to wait, and since this is a military regime one must wait, and become discouraged."