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Persian Gulf Crisis / Hostages / United States Policy / Israel #126607

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 06, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Karen Burnes) Word from Iraq that all hostages may soon be released featured; scenes shown from Baghdad. [two HOSTAGES - comment.] [General director of government information Naji al-HADITHI - says release is due to changing public opinion and because Iraqi forces are now fully deployed in Kuwait.] Scenes shown from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's recent meeting with Jordan's King Hussein and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat in which subject was raised. [US embassy charge d'affaires Joseph WILSON - comments.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and King Hussein reported also urging Saddam Hussein to get out of Kuwait and to try to make a separate deal with King Fahd of Saudi Arabia in which Iraq could gain access to the sea. Report introduced.

(Santiago, Chile: Brit Hume) Reaction from President Bush, who is in Chile, featured; scenes shown from his arrival in Santiago, Chile. [At press conference with Chilean President Patricio Aylwin, BUSH - emphasizes the aggression against Kuwait; denies secret negotiations with Iraq.] Impact of release of use-of-force policy noted.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Secretary of State James Baker's meeting with the House of Representatives about United States policy in the Persian Gulf featured; scenes shown from Capitol Hill. [BAKER - responds to questions about waiting before fighting.] [Representative Peter KOSTMAYER, BAKER - debate questions about use of force.] [BAKER - says administration is not recommending an international conference on the Arab-Israeli question.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Dean Reynolds) Reaction of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to idea of such a conference featured; scenes shown of Shamir in London. [SHAMIR - says we will not accept a conference.] Israeli positions on the occupied territories and on relations with United States reviewed.

Burnes, Karen;
Hume, Brit;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean;
Sawyer, Diane

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