NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 07, 1978
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(Studio) Amendments added to Canal treaty by Senator prior to vote on 1st section mentioned; one gives United States right to use military force to keep Canal open. General Torrijos' letter implying that Panama may not accept amendment reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Torrijos' letter to UN, with regard to amendment proposed by Senator Dennis DeConcini, outlined. Reaction in Senate to this development reported [Senator Sam NUNN - understands that if Panama rejects reservation then there'll be no treaty.] [DeCONCINI - understands that if Panama rejects amendment, then whole treaty is rejected and new negotiations must begin.] Comments of State Department official quoted. Torrijos' plans to decide about amendment after vote on 2nd treaty noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch Artist: Betty Wells