CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 23, 1977
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(Studio) Negotiators on Panama Canal Zone return to United States from Panama and say major problems still exist. 1 of problems rptdly. Panamanian demand all US rights in Zone end by year 2000; United States wants to keep some defense rights beyond date.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Panama Canal Zone) Report on United States military installations in Panama Canal Zone. Daily security of area performed by civilians employed by Panama Canal Company Mil. units here for training, not Canal Zone defense; men have trained here for Vietnam and School of Americans conts. to train men from all but 3 Latin American ntns. 1 trained here is Panama chief of state General Omar Torrijos. Special forces unit has been shock force for disaster relief in several Latin American cntries. and received thanks from Bolivia for advice and training which aided in elimination of guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his band. United States now presses for gradual reduction and sharing with Panama in military force activities over years of new treaty; less certain than this are defense rights United States will keep and need of United States presence to fulfill them after new treaty ends.
REPORTER: David Dow