The Nicaraguan Government greeted the late Panamanian General Omar Torrijos (1929-1981) on Wednesday on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth.
"In 1929, a day like today was born, came to this plane of life the great friend of Nicaragua and leader of the Panamanian revolution, General Omar Torrijos, who managed to recover the canal for Panama", said the Nicaraguan Vice President, Rosario Murillo, through official means.
The also First Lady sent hugs to the family of Torrijos, especially to his son, "our friend and companion Martin Torrijos", who was president of Panama.
"To all of them the recognition, to the Panamanian people, for that hero, hero of that people, of that revolution, and of so many works that he carried out in solidarity and promoting the rights of the poor people in Panama and, of course, the treaties for the return of the canal", Murillo continued.
On September 7, 1977, Panamanian General Omar Torrijos and US President Jimmy Carter signed at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS), in Washington, the Torrijos-Carter Treaties, which marked the road map for the end of the United States colonial presence in Panama.
As of the signing of the treaty, the United States gradually withdrew from the Central American country until December 31, 1999, when the definitive transfer of the canal took place, which now accounts for 6% of world trade.
General Torrijos led in 1968 a coup d'état that deposed the then president Arnulfo Arias.
He was the promoter of the Partido Revolucionario Democrático (PRD), which he founded in 1979.
Torrijos died on July 31, 1981, at the age of 52, when an airplane of the Panamanian Air Force in which he was traveling exploded in mid-flight and fell on the mountains of the central province of Coclé, in an area known as Cerro Marta. Thirty-seven years later, his death remains a mystery and object of conjecture.
Along with Torrijos died the pilot of the plane, Captain Azael Adames, and five members of his escort.