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Canal Treaty / Carter-Torrijos Meeting / Canal Def. Issue #248947

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 14, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter meets with Panamanian leader Torrijos.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Joint statement expected after 2 leaders talk isn't forthcoming and spokesperson says only that leaders agree on terms of Canal treaty, but consultations between other, unnamed officials would continue, with regard to whether or not to issue treaty. Later, as Torrijos emerges from Panamanian amb.'s residence to go home, he says he and Carter agree on meaning of treaty. [INTERPRETER - notes that Torrijos says United States has right to defend Canal, but not to interfere in personal affairs of Panama.] Carter tells visiting news editors that 2 leaders agree on statements that would resolve differences with regard to Canal defense issue; later, Ambassador Sol Linowitz briefs reporters on agreement. [LINOWITZ - reads statement with regard to defense of Canal.] Linowitz says Senate Foreign Relations Committee's 1st reaction to statement is general favorable.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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