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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #320143

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 10, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) House of Representatives reported increase pressure upon President Reagan to act on Panamanian crisis caused by general Manuel Antonio Noriega's refusal to resign. Reagan administration's dealings with Noriega recalled. Report introduced.

(DC: Bill Plante) Expected United States actions against Noriega illustration US mentioned recognizing Eric Arturo Delvalle as constitutional president of Panama. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says economy pressure upon Panama is working.] Panamanian funds being frozen in United States banks reviewed. Reagan admin. noted resisting total trade embargo against Panama. [Assistant Secretary of State Elliott ABRAMS - says financial pressure effective.] [Panamanian ambassador to US Juan B. SOSA - comments on situation.] House of Representatives reported passing non- binding resolution calling for Noriega's resignation. [Representative Mel LEVINE - calls Noriega thug.] Other White House sanctions against Panama mentioned. Reagan administration's strategy outlined.

(Panama City, Panama: Richard Roth) Cash shortage in Panama featured; details given, scenes shown. Panamanian army noted Noriega's defense and also his weakness. [Attorney Tomas HERRERA - comments on economy crisis.] Saint demonstrations shown. Experts quoted with regard to opposition movement. [Anti- Noriega hsewife. Gilda FERRER - comments on nonviolent nature of opposition.] Noriega's base of support noted nation's poor and government empls. Crowd shown cheering Noriega and then receiving food. [Pol. scientist George PRIESTLEY - comments on situation.] Army noted powerful enough to depose Noriega.

Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard

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