ABC Evening News for Monday, May 10, 1976
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(Studio) Eisenhower and Kennedy admins. had trouble with Panama Canal. Anti-American riots forced Johnson administration to open talks on new canal treaty.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Panama Canal) Canal took 10 years to build and cost $387 million. President Theodore Roosevelt's role with regard to canal noted. [Panama foreign minister Aquilino BOYD - says Reagan lying when he says United States bought Canal Zone. Panama never sold canal.] 20 Panamanians and 4 Americans killed in 1964 riots. November 1964 film shown. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker repd. United States during recent United States-Panama Canal talks. Panama to assume canal jurisdiction 3-5 years after treaty ratified. [AM. - says Reagan should be United States President] Panamanians want larger annuity than $4 million and want participation in running canal. They insist treaty terminate by 2000.
REPORTER: Charles Murphy
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