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USSR / The Commonwealth / Baker Kazakhstan Visit #132732

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 17, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow: John Donvan) The development of the commonwealth to replace the central government of the Soviet union featured; details given of President Mikhail Gorbachev's position and of upcoming meeting of 12 republics to discuss how the commonwealth will work. Questions raised of control of various functions currently done by the central government. Republic of Russia's plans cited.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Visit by Secretary of State James Baker to the Soviet Asian republics to talk about the forming of the commonwealth featured; scenes shown of him in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, with its President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who indicated his republic will not allow President Boris Yeltsin's Russian republic to solely control nuclear weapons. [NAZARBAYEV - (thru translator) comments on Yeltsin's push to take over USSR 's United Nations seat.]

Donvan, John;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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