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USSR / The Commonwealth / Pact / Baker and Europe #132812

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 21, 1991
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan: Sheilah Kast) Signing by leaders of 11 former Soviet republics of the agreement setting up a new commonwealth to replace the Soviet union featured; scenes shown of ceremonies in Alma- Ata, Kazakhstan; details given of facets of the agreement. Future meeting to discuss details of central control of the military and nuclear weapons and the question of a role for President Mikhail Gorbachev noted. [Russian President Boris YELTSIN - (thru translator) talks about Gorbachev.]

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Reaction of Secretary of State James Baker to the accord creating the new commonwealth noted.

(Brussels: John McWethy) Baker's dealings with the European allies on the question of Western aid for the USSR featured. [BAKER - says the world must pay attention to its problems.] [European Community President Jacques DELORS - (thru translator) talks about question of aid.] President Bush's administration noted unhappy with the slow reaction of Europe to aiding the Soviet union.

Kast, Sheilah;
McWethy, John;
Simpson, Carole

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