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(Studio) President Carter meets with Panama Canal treaty negotiators; tells them he wants quick settlement.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Despite reports of snags in negotiations, Carter chairs meeting and seems optimistic. [CARTER - believes progress has been made and is eager and determined that United States will cooperate to get speedy results.] Panamanian representatives don't seem as hopeful. [Panama ambassador Ramon ESCOBAR - (thru translator) says after years of negotiations, they've learned not to be either optimistic or pessimistic, but to believe in results.] Escobar says Carter's suggestion that new canal might be needed can't be considered till present disagreements resolved. Some conservatives in Congress say negotiations illegal, as only Congress has authority to give up US possessions. [Senator Orrin HATCH - says confrontation possible.] Senators consider lawsuit if more information with regard to negotiations not given to them; idea is to let Supreme Court decide whether President has authority to make deal.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
- Mudd, Roger;
- Schieffer, Bob
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