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Canal Treaty Debate #53458

ABC Evening News for Monday, Apr 17, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. Senator debate on Canal treaty reported Demonstrations by students in Panama mentioned; film shown. Senator Robert Byrd's announcement of Panamanian ambassador's acceptance of DeConcini reservation compromise and Senator Dennis DeConcini's announcement of own acceptance of compromise reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Events leading to DeConcini's decision to support treaty outlined. [DECONCINI - announces agreement to compromise; will vote for treaty.] ABC News poll of Senators' votes on treaty at present reported; undecided are Abourezk, Randolph and Hayakawa. Efforts to defeat 2nd treaty section by its opponents outlined. [Treaty opponent Senator Paul LAXALT - describes extent of uncertainty with regard to Tuesday's vote.]
REPORTER: Don Farmer Artist: Freda Reiter

(Panama) Interview with General Omar Torrijos shown. Anchor asks his reaction to DeConcini reservation. [TORRIJOS - (thru translator) is offended by reservation; cites reasons. Thinks Senator will rectify injustice of reservation. Says consequences are unpredictable if reservation not modified.] Anchor asks Torrijos what own language in new amendment would be. [TORRIJOS - responds to question. ] Anchor asks what will happen if treaty rejected by Senator [TORRIJOS - states beliefs re: outcome of treaty defeat in Senate Cites message to United States Senators]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Spec. report on Canal issue, The Great Canal Question: The Final Vote, noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Farmer, Don;
Reynolds, Frank;
Walters, Barbara

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