The Panamanian government said Tuesday it will not attend the next Panama Canal Commission meeting because the organization refuses to discuss U.S. sanctions against Panama.

Foreign Minister Jorge Eduardo Ritter said the government will boycott the scheduled July 13-14 meeting in Panama because the commission directors refuse to schedule discussion of the U.S. economic freeze on Panama.

William Gianelli, president of the commission's board of directors, ordered the meeting to be moved to Savannah, Georgia.

The United States, seeking the ouster of Panamanian strongman Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, imposed economic restrictions that denied Panama more than $50 million beginning in March.