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Panama Canal / United Nations Meeting #24923

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 15, 1973
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(Studio) United Nations Security Council opens special meeting in Panama with regard to United States control Canal Zone. US's United Nations Ambassador John Scali present.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Panama City, Panama) Panama strongman General Omar Torrijos strongly ntlistic. Wants United States out of Panama. [SCALI - says United States ready to modernize treaty with Panama but can't negotiate when Panama using such strong rhetoric.]
REPORTER: John MacVane

(Studio) 1964 anti-American riots in Panama sparked negotiations with regard to Canal.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Panama Canal) 14% United States shipping passes through Panama Canal, and without US control of Canal Zone shipping rates from West to E. United States would go up considerably. 50,000 Americans live in Zone at much higher living standard than most Panamanians. Americans have own laws, police and courts Zone is relic of American's colonial days. United States willing to pay higher rate for lease of Zone and even to turn it over to Panama, but not soon enough to suit Panamanians.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy

MacVane, John;
Murphy, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry

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