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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #320444

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan quoted with regard to meeting between journalists and opposition leaders in Panama City, Panama. Speculation with regard to United States military intervention reported increase Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Richard Roth) Naval sources quoted with regard to warship entering Panama Canal; details given, scenes shown. General strike noted continue [Voice of opposition leader Aurelio BARRIA - tells ambassador Juan B. Sosa in Washington, DC that opposition movement running out of time.] Mil. spokesperson quoted re: beating and detention of protestors and journalists. Catholic leaders noted now calling for general Manuel Antonio Noriega to resign. Banks noted planning to open for restricted business Thursday Dockworkers reported ending strike and returning to work. Banks opening and some workers returning to jobs noted strengthening Noriega's position.

(DC: Wyatt Andrews) [SOSA - calls for United States military mission to oust Noriega.] National security planning group noted meeting to discuss options. White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater quoted on screen with regard to last night's beatings and arrests in Panama. [REAGAN - says administration doing its best to rectify situation.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - threatens Noriega.] Admin. noted asserting economy pressure upon Noriega ultimately more effective than mil. force. United States noted would employment military if either Panama Canal or Americans were threatened. [Senator Alfonse D'AMATO - urges Noriega's removal.] Noriega noted being pressured by request for military action; United States airlift to Honduras recalled.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Caribbean leaders meeting in Venezuela reported calling for Reagan to end economy sanctions against Panama; leaders quoted.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Rather, Dan;
Roth, Richard

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