(L to R) Presidents Antonio Saca of Salv

(L to R) Presidents Antonio Saca of Salvador and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, Panama's first lady Vivian de Torrijos, president Martin Torrijos of Panama, former US president Jimmy Carter, the Organization of American States' secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza, president Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and his wife Rosario Murillo, Costa Rica's minister of the Presidency Rodrigo Arias and an unidentified man, take part in the ceremony marking the beginning of the expansion of the Panama Canal, on September 3rd, 2007, in the area around Cerro Paraiso, 20 km north of Panama City. The 5.25 billion dollar expansion project, expected to take about 10 years to complete, will build lanes and a third set of locks to accommodate the world's supertankers as well as larger cargo ships carrying 12,000 containers each. Monday's ceremony is held on the 30th anniversary of the signing of an agreement between US then-president Carter and Panama's head of government, General Omar Torrijos -- the father of current president -- that put the canal under Panamanian control. AFP PHOTO/SUSANA GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read SUSANA GONZALES/AFP via Getty Images)
(L to R) Presidents Antonio Saca of Salvador and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, Panama's first lady Vivian de Torrijos, president Martin Torrijos of Panama, former US president Jimmy Carter, the Organization of American States' secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza, president Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and his wife Rosario Murillo, Costa Rica's minister of the Presidency Rodrigo Arias and an unidentified man, take part in the ceremony marking the beginning of the expansion of the Panama Canal, on September 3rd, 2007, in the area around Cerro Paraiso, 20 km north of Panama City. The 5.25 billion dollar expansion project, expected to take about 10 years to complete, will build lanes and a third set of locks to accommodate the world's supertankers as well as larger cargo ships carrying 12,000 containers each. Monday's ceremony is held on the 30th anniversary of the signing of an agreement between US then-president Carter and Panama's head of government, General Omar Torrijos -- the father of current president -- that put the canal under Panamanian control. AFP PHOTO/SUSANA GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read SUSANA GONZALES/AFP via Getty Images)
(L to R) Presidents Antonio Saca of Salv
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