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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #115469

ABC Evening News for Sunday, May 01, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Criticism of United States' handling of removal of General Manuel Noriega from power in Panama both by Noriega's foes and Congress reported

(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Denial by Noriega that he had cut deal with United States to leave power reported; scenes shown of Noriega brandishing machete at rally. [Treasury Secretary James BAKER - says there are discussions going on.] Shift by Reagan administration to position that Noriega could stay in Panama after he left power noted. [On "This Wk.", Panama ambassador Juan SOSA - says it is illusion that Noriega will stay and not be factor in Panamanian pols.] [On "This Wk.", Panama's minister of commerce Mario ROGNONI - says drug indictments must be dropped first.] Option of military force discussed. [On "This Wk.", Senator Richard LUGAR, Representative Lee HAMILTON - discuss use of force.] Differences in State Department and Pentagon's positions on Panamanian policy noted.

Donaldson, Sam;
Meserve, Jeanne

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