ABC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 19, 1988
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(S:Barry Serafin) Report introduced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) Negotiations between Panama strongman Manuel Noriega and United States representatives about his stepping down from power and leaving cntry. reported; details given of meeting between Noriega and United States deputy assistant Secretary of State William Walker. Noriega reported willing to step down if he can stay in Panama and US drug indictments are quashed. [Ex-Panamanian ambassador to United States Gabriel LEWIS - says Noriega's days are numbered.] [Carnegie Endowment James CHACE - says Noriega faces high risk of losing life once out of power.] Noriega's seeking of support from Cuba and Libya reported United States role in attempting to end Noriega's days of power reiterated.
(Panama City, Panama: John Quinones) Opposition's feeling that Noriega is obsessed with power rptd. [Opposition ldr. Aurelio BARRIA - says Noriega has no intention of leaving & is playing pols. with Pres. Reagan.] Scenes shown of mil. patrols in city. [BARRIA - calls for labor strike on Mon.] Econ. conds. in Panama discussed.
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