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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #115819

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Barry Serafin) United States reported blaming General Manuel Noriega for collapse of deal Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Tom Schell) Noriega's speech about breakdown of talks with United States featured; details given, scenes shown. [NORIEGA - (thru translator) says talks failed because of unacceptable ultimatum given to Panama by United States and because of Vice President George Bush's proposals.] Stmt. from hand- picked president Manuel Solis Palma quoted. Reasons for failure of US-Noriega talks detailed.

(Studio: Barry Serafin) Report introduced.

(DC: Jeanne Meserve) Admin.'s statement that its objectives have not changed reported [White House chief of staff Howard BAKER - says Noriega must go.] [Assistant Secretary of State Elliott ABRAMS - says nothing should be ruled out.] [Senator Christopher DODD - discusses military option.] Issue of military intervention examined. [Representative Sam GEJDENSON - comments.] [Cato Institution Doug BANDOW - fears damage to United States in Central American] Game plan with regard to Panama said delayed until President Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz return to United States in mid-June.

Meserve, Jeanne;
Schell, Tom;
Serafin, Barry

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