Panama and the United States have resumed talks on the emotive issue of the American controlled Canal Zone.
Panama and the United States have resumed talks on the emotive issue of the American controlled Canal Zone. But U.S. Embassy officials are still warning the Zone's 39,000 American residents to expect some kind of confrontation with the Panamanians.
Panamanian leader Mr. Omar Torrijos has based the prestige of his government on getting a new agreement on the Canal Zone. The existing 1903 treaty lets the U.S. run the zone as sovereign territory but the Panamanians want the Americans out.
The United States has signed an agreement in the last few years agreeing to leave eventually but the Americans are talking in terms of 50 years. The Panamanians want the Americans out before the end of the century and Mr. Torrijos has warned there could be violence if negotiations on the new treaty break down again.
The film has a commentary by TVN reporter David Klein and an excerpt from a speech by a U.S. Embassy official. A transcript of the U.S. Embassy official's speech appears below. David Klein's commentary appears overleaf.