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Panama / Canal Treaty / Senators' Trip #249380

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 10, 1977
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(s) Report on tour of Panama by 7 United States Senators, who may hold deciding votes with regard to Canal treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Santos, Panama) Majority leader Robert Byrd and 6 Democrat colleagues tour Panama; meeting with Panamanian opponents of treaty and concern with regard to future US interference in Panama affairs noted. [BYRD - says treaty doesn't allow this.] [Senator Don. RIEGLE - notes word troubles Senators as much as it does Panamanian group.] [Dr. Osvaldo VELASQUEZ - cites belief that all United States aid to government of Panama is form of intervention, because with it country will have same type of government forever.] Opponents' criticism of Omar Torrijos as dictator and Senators' tour of Panama, led by Torrijos, noted. Welcome for Senators at San Blas, only place that voted overwhelmingly against Torrijos in plebiscite on treaty, detailed. Byrd's message to people at each stop, with regard to present United States feeling about treaty, cited.

Cronkite, Walter;
Dow, David

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