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Canal Treaty / Carter-Torrijos Meeting / Clarifications / Senate #490897

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 14, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter and Panama leader Torrijos meet in Washington, DC to discuss controversial points of Canal treaty; afterwards, they say confusion over interpretation of treaty points is cleared up. Questions with regard to US right to defend Canal and right of passage in an emergency.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) After meeting, Torrijos leaves to fly home and Carter meets with group of editors. Carter says he thinks differences in interpretation are resolved, but gives few other details. At airport, Torrijos says US would only intervene under one condition. [Panamanian ambassador Gabriel LEWIS - interprets for Torrijos; notes General says United States has right to defend Canal, but not to interfere in internal affairs of Panama.] [Ambassador Sol LINOWITZ - states that any United States action in future will be toward defense of Canal, not toward territorial integrity or political independence of Panama.] Linowitz says he hopes clarifications will clear up language of treaty and White House can proceed with getting Senator approval.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) Today's statements are geared toward Senator, which must ratify treaty.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Senator isn't told what happened at White House before testimony of former Secys. of State Dean Rusk and Henry Kissinger to For. Relations Committee in favor of treaty. Linowitz is sent to committee after Torrijos has left. No converts have been made today; 2 major neutral senators, Church and Baker, remain so; comments noted.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Kissinger's comments with regard to language of treaty cited.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Woodruff, Judy

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