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Middle East / Arafat's United Nations Speech #113363

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 13, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Speech by PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat at United Nations meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, reported; background given to dialog between Arafat and United States government about prospects for peace in Middle East. Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Request by Sweden for information from United States State Department about what would be required in stmts. from Arafat to open dialog about Middle East reviewed; details given of early draft of Arafat's speech seen by United States and of communications between Secretary of State George Shultz, foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze and Israeli representatives about Arafat's wording of speech in Geneva.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Geneva, Switzerland: Barrie Dunsmore) Arafat's speech at United Nations General Assembly session featured; details given of that speech, scenes shown. Issue of Arafat's recognition of Israel's right to exist highlighted; Arafat's wording on recognition and on terrorism quoted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) United States response to Arafat's speech reported [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says speech was too ambiguous on key issues; says United States needs explicit recognition of Israel's right to exist.] Analysis of recognition issue given. [Brookings Institution William QUANDT, Council on For. Relations Judith KIPPER - comment on United States' position on PLO.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Geneva, Switzerland: Barrie Dunsmore) Interview with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) spokesperson Bassam Abu Sharif given. [ABU SHARIF - responds to Redman's stmts.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings; Geneva, Switzerland: Barrie Dunsmore; DC: John McWethy) Discussion of President Reagan's administration's interpretation of Arafat's wording given. United States' contingency plans to meet with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) if the right words were said outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Explicit nature of Arafat's wording towards Israel noted. Report introduced.

(Jerusalem, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Response in Israel to Arafat's speech reported; scenes shown from Israeli TV. [Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak SHAMIR - hopes United States will never establish contacts with PLO.] [PALESTINIAN, pol. scientist Saeb EREKAT - comment on speech and reaction to it.] Scenes shown of unrest in E. Jerusalem and West Bank.

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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