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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #562181

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 13, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Panama's general Manuel Noriega reported announcing he won't leave country and is considering running for president White House plan to drop drug indictments against Noriega in exchange for his departure from Panama noted rejected by him. Reports introd.

(Panama City, Panama: Dan Molina) Noriega shown amid crowd of supporters in La Negrita. Noriega quoted with regard to United States plan. Noriega noted depicting himself as protector of Panama. Noriega reported demanding that economy sanctions against Panama be lifted.

(DC: Chris Wallace) United States attorney Leon Kellner, responsible for bringing drug indictments against Noriega, reported holding news conference with regard to Reagan admin.'s plan to drop indictments. [KELLNER - comments on message United States sending to world.] [US attorney Robert MERKLE - says would resign before agreeing to drop indictments.] Attorney General Edwin Meese reported not disagreeing with Reagan. White House aides quoted with regard to offer. Reagan administration noted divided with regard to Noriega issue. Justice Department reported focusing on Noriega's criminality. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - defends Reagan's stance.] Justice Department noted fearing that anti-US campaign growing under Cuban influence in Latin American [Senator Richard LUGAR - comments on situation.] Vice President George Bush quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Molina, Dan;
Wallace, Chris

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