In the United States, Southern State Governors and union leader George Meany have added their support to the pact made on the Panama Canal.
SCU: Lousiana Governor Edwin Edwin Edwards listening to speech in San Antonio
GV: Southern Governors around table
CU: Puerto Rican Governor Carlos Romero-Barcelo listening to speeches at conference
SCU: Edwin Edwards seated listening
GV: Delegates at conference
CU: Edwards speaking
GV: Delegates in Washington attending Panama Canal meeting
SCU: George Meany head of AFLCIO speaking delegates in Washington
LEWIS: "Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards came here with a resolution opposing the canal treaty and the hope that fellow southern governors would back him - but those hop were dimmed today. Alabama Governor George Wallace decided not to attend - too busy back home, according to an aide. His spot on the committee considering resolutions was filled by Puerto Rican Governor Carlos Romero-Barcelo He favours the canal treaty and his vote prevented the committee from bringing the Edwards resolution in front of all the governors. In order to get around the committee. Edwards would have to get nine out of the 12 Governors attending the conference to approve bringing his resolution the floor. But Edwards admits he probably hasn't enough support to do that."
EDWARDS: "I don't think that I can accurately predict that three fourths of the conference would vote to take it up - it's clear that at least a seven to five possibly an eight to four majority favour the resolution in opposition to the treaty, but whether we can get three fourths to consider it I don't know".
MEANY: "My general attitude is that there's no particular reason for us holding on to the peace of territory 6,000 miles away just because we built the canal on somebody elses land back in 1904. I don't think that the history of American involvement in the canal is anything that American's can be proud of - I'm talking about the way the Panamanians were treated and the way we actually financed a revolution, sending American troops when these people pulled away from Colombia."
REPORTER: GEORGE LEWIS
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Background: In the United States, Southern State Governors and union leader George Meany have added their support to the pact made on the Panama Canal. The treaty was agreed to in talks between the two countries recently and it allows for a gradual handover of control to Panama. It has attracted considerable criticism, but Mr. Meany says there's no reason for the United States to retain control. Louisiana Governor, Edwin Edwards tried unsuccessfully to persuade a southern governors' conference to oppose the pact on Monday (29 August). George Lewis of NBC news reports.