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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #115721

ABC Evening News for Saturday, May 21, 1988
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) Continue efforts of President Reagan to remove Panama's general Manuel Noriega from power reported Report introduced.

(DC: Sheilah Kast) Mtg. of Reagan and top national security advrs. to confer about Noriega reported; scenes shown; United States negotiator Michael Kozak reported not set to go back to Panama now. Vice President George Bush, Treasury Secretary James Baker and Nancy Reagan reported opposed to dealing with Noriega if drug chgs. are dropped. [On CNN, White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - says treaty with Panama states Noriega can't be required to come to United States for trial.] [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - says people oppose dismissing drug indictments.] [Panamanian ambassador Juan SOSA - says he's pleased administration has not given in. ]

(Panama City, Panama: Tom Schell) Stmts. by Noriega as to direction of deals with United States detailed; scenes shown of Noriega; hand-picked president Manuel Solis Palma mentioned. Noriega's demand that new United States troops in Panama be withdrawn noted; scenes shown of militia demonstrating its skills in San Miguelito.

Kast, Sheilah;
Schell, Tom;
Serafin, Barry

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