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Panama Canal #250388

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Feb 13, 1977
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(Studio) United States and Panama begin work on new Panama Canal treaty. Ellsworth Bunker and Saul Linowitz, former ambassador to Org. American States, go to Canal Zone on public airline.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Panama Canal Zone) Issues identified. General Omar Torrijos, Panama leader, calls for end to all United States occupation by year 2000. After that, perhaps UN to oversee matter. 10,000 United States troops now in Canal Zone. Troop reduction expected, but also continuation of certain defense rts. Panama Canal Company employees involved; uncertainty of future causes employee turnover. [Canal worker Kenneth KERTSCH - sees no future in present job; notes general insecurity.] Selling of treaty to Congress to be big problem.

Dean, Morton;
Dow, David

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