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Andres Romero a Panamanian canal worker washes a sluice gate as a Liberian flagged boat passes throu.....
Andres Romero a Panamanian canal worker washes a sluice gate as a Liberian flagged boat passes through the Panama Canal's Miraflores December 13, ahead of a ceremony marking the transfer of the Canal from United States to Panama on December 14. [Heads of State from six countries are due to attend the ceremony, as well as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who brokered the 1977 Panama Canal Treaties. The waterway, which has been administered by the U.S. since it opend in August 1914, will pass to Panamanian control at noon on December 31. ]