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USSR / Azerbaijan Riot / Gorbachev In Lithuania / US Response #124703

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jan 13, 1990
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Looting and killing spree in Azerbaijan, USSR , following independence rally reported.

(Vilnius, Lithuania: Jim Laurie) Return of President Mikhail Gorbachev to Moscow following visit to Lithuania, USSR , featured; scenes shown of Gorbachev, who offered his views of multiparty politics to Lithuanians. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says more than one political party will not cure all ills.] Explanation of what might happen in Lithuania's upcoming elections given. [In response to crowd, GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says he is listening; warns about danger of drifting to independence.] Issue of new law to map out how republics might gain independence with Soviet system noted.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(State Department: David Ensor) Explanation given of why President Bush's administration has not responded to this week's events in USSR dealing with issue of independence of Baltic states.

Ensor, David;
Laurie, Jim;
Simpson, Carole

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