ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 14, 1977
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(Studio) Point causing most concern to Senator, and which President Carter asks clarification of General Torrijos, is that of United States right to defend Panama Canal. Comment with regard to indefensibility of Canal, in light of modern warfare. Remark of joint chiefs head, General George Brown, noted. Defense of Canal lies in same place as in WW's 1 and II: in having friendly relations with Panama and with support of all Latin American, whose ships use Canal far more than United States does. Ratification of treaty would almost assure this, while failure to do so would inflame situation, making Canal almost certain to be unusable in crisis, and would be Pro-USSR act.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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