NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 20, 1988
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Call by opposition to Manuel Noriega for general strike in Panama after he rejected United States offer of exile reported
(Panama City, Panama: Robin Lloyd) Plans for general strike featured; scenes shown of people stocking up on food and of anti-government protests. [On "Meet the Press", Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says Noriega has to leave soon.] Pro-government newspaper shown with headline proclaiming "The General Will Stay." [Official linked to Eric Delvalle, ambassador Juan SOSA - says Noriega not serious about negotiations.] Pilot who recently fled Panama reported telling US of flying plane loads of weapons from Cuba to Panama. [Augusto VILLALAZ - says Noriega will fight till death or capture.] Admin. officials reported stating Noriega still will prefer negotiated solution.
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