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Panama / Noriega / United States Role #562430

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Panama's General Manuel Noriega reported going before national assembly and blasting US. Noriega noted accusing United States of economy, psychological and mil. aggression against country United States officials reported meeting with Latin American leaders to discuss ways of dealing with Noriega. Report introduced.

(Panama City, Panama: Ed Rabel) Noriega shown addressing national assembly; details given. Sources close to Noriega quoted with regard to deal United States attempted to make to oust him. [Noriega's attorney Neal SONNETT - defends client.] Opposition leaders reported blaming United States for failing to oust Noriega. [Christian Democratic Party spokesperson Ricardo ARIAS CALDERON - criticizes US.] [WOMAN - comments on situation.] Noriega feared depending upon Cuba for advice. [ARIAS CALDERON - comments on situation.] Noriega's hand-picked president Manuel Solis Palma shown addressing Latin American League of Women; details of group pledging support to Noriega given.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams reported refusing to reject idea of using military force to oust Noriega. Abrams quoted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Rabel, Ed

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