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Reagan reported backing Puerto Rican statehood

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Karla Vallance / January 11, 1982

San Juan, Puerto Rico

President Reagan will endorse statehood for the troubled American commonwealth of Puerto Rico Tuesday, Sen. Alphonse D'Amato (R) of New York said.

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Senator D'Amato said Mr. Reagan's endorsement would be an ''initial step'' which would set the stage for a change in the island's status. The Puerto Rican people would have to approve any moves toward statehood in a referendum.