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Foreign Policy Developments / Canal Treaty / Torrijos #257689

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 06, 1978
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(Studio) Details given about 2 parts of Canal treaty, one of which has already been passed, other coming up for vote soon. Passage of 2nd part said to be endangered by Panama's objections with regard to 1st treaty.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on Panama's objections to Senator DeConcini's reservation to 1st part of treaty, providing for United States military intervention after Canal turned over to Panama if Canal is unilaterally closed. Details given about letter sent to heads of government backing Panama in Canal issue by General Torrijos and claiming treaty reservation is violation of both United Nations and OAS charters. Planned demonstrations against treaty to be held in Panama on Friday mentioned. Torrijos' promise to President Carter to remain silent on treaty until after Senator finishes work on it reported.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Senator Howard Baker's support for 1st treaty noted; his comments on Panamanian stand, made in Houston, reported Film shown. [BAKER - has gone out on limb to favor treaty because he thinks it's in national interest But warns Panamanians that slightest hint that treaty not acceptable to them and whole thing could be killed.] Washington, DC court of appeals ruling that House not required to vote on return of Canal to Panama detailed; 60 Congmen. had claimed vote by entire Congress required by Constitution.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Pierpoint, Robert

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