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Canal Treaty Issue #254501

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 08, 1977
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(Studio) Though Panama Canal treaty is signed, it's not ratified and administration campaign to achieve this is in high gear.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) President Carter spends much of day with Latin American leaders already committed to treaty and warns of trouble if treaty not approved. [CARTER - says there would be deterioration of relations with almost all ntns. south of US if treaty not ratified.] Mrs. Carter hosts Potomac River cruise for wives of United States Senators and of visiting Latin American dignitaries; visitors themselves lunch with Senators, and Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger try to help to sell treaty to Republican congress leaders However, Ford says he won't pressure them. [FORD - will be as persuasive as possible, but Congmen. have responsibility to views of constituents.] Ronald Reagan speaks to Senate committee and to National Press Club in opposition to treaty. [REAGAN - believes treaty weakens, if not destroys, United States ability to keep national and hemisphere security.] Officials say it will likely be next year before Senator attempts to ratify treaty.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) If treaty is ratified, Americans in Canal Zone must, within next 23 years, train Panamanians to take over jobs in running Canal.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Panama Canal Zone) People who actually keep Canal open are now Panamanian, but ones in technical jobs are American Not until last 20 years has there been any push to get Panamanians into apprenticeship programs and not until last year that much attention was paid to removing language barrier to their advancement in US-dominated Canal. [INSTRUCTOR - asks student question.'] [STUDENT - answers question.] `English-language apprenticeship program noted. Details of future preparations for transfer of Canal operation and control to Panamanians noted.

Dow, David;
Jones, Phil;
Mudd, Roger

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