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Panama Canal / Background / Politics #488061

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 27, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford to campaign 4 days in Texas; primary set for Saturday Ronald Reagan accuses Ford of giving away Panama Canal. Report on canal.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Canal Zone) United States began canal building after helping Panama gain freedom from Colombia. Treaty gave American rights to canal forever. Canal built after 10 years at cost of $366 million. 2/3 of cargo that goes through canal going to or away from US. Canal Zone described. Panamanians want to force Americans out of zone. Students led 1964 riots that resulted in United States decision to negotiate new treaty. Panama tries to control student unrest. [Student leader Ricardo LACHMAN - says part of Panama is United States colony.] Canal Zone workers fear for their future. 1 worker featured. [Don DELHOME - cites his concern.] Many workers look for jobs elsewhere.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(DC) US-Panama trying to negotiate new treaty since 1964.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Canal Zone) General Omar Torrijos Herrera has been patient. [Panama SPKR. - says 1 of American political candidates sounds like Cassius Clay writes his speeches.] Canal's value to United States noted.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(DC) United States wants to show cooperative policy to Latin American country
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Studio) Navy's attitude with regard to canal noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Berger, Marilyn;
Chancellor, John;
Francis, Fred
Duration:
00:07:30

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