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Panama / Elections / United States Response / Panama Canal #122426

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Peter Collins) Controversy over results of elec. in Panama featured; details given of General Manuel Noriega's claim that his cand., Carlos Duque, was leading, scenes shown. [Elec. observer Jimmy CARTER - says Noriega has stolen election from his people.] [Opposition cand. Guillermo ENDARA - (thru translator) says we are ready to talk to Noriega.] Offer from opposition to Noriega to set up government detailed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) President Bush's response to political situation in Panama reported [BUSH -says Noriega should respect voice of people and honor results of election; says Noriega has been contacted about American position.] Likely actions to be taken by administration outlined on screen. [CARTER - says it would play into Noriega's hands for United States not to honor Panama Canal treaty.] Panamanian situation compared to that in Philippines when Ferdinand Marcos was driven from power.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) History of US-Panama relations noted. Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Beth Nissen) Current important of Panama Canal to US examined; historical scenes shown of building of canal. [Ex-amb. to Panama Ambler MOSS - says closing of canal would not effect United States economy] Treaty negotiated between Carter and Omar Torrijos recalled. Strategic important of US mil. bases in Panama asserted; details given of use of these bases as defense against communism in region. Impt. of Panama Canal treaty to Panamanians reviewed.

Collins, Peter;
Hume, Brit;
Nissen, Beth;
Jennings, Peter

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