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Somalia / United States Policy / Durant Release / Aidid #144456

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 14, 1993
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Release of United States helicopter pilot Michael Durant and the murder of the justice minister in Haiti reported.

(Mogadishu: Ron Allen) Release of Durant and a United Nations Nigerian peacekeeper following the shift of the United States mission in Somalia from the military to the political featured; scenes shown of the two wounded men. [Wife Lorrie DURANT - offers thanks.] [US Army Major John HOLCOMB - describes Durant's condition.] Role of US special envoy Robert Oakley mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Somali warlord General Mohammed Farah Aidid about why he released Durant quoted.

(Mogadishu: Tony Birtley) Aidid's meeting with western reporters featured; scenes shown from Mogadishu. [AIDID - says he is not a warlord.] Aidid's view of his future political role and of the need for the United States to get out noted. [UN special envoy Admiral Jonathan HOWE - talks about peaceful reconciliation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Reaction of President Clinton to Durant's release and his contradictory statements on United States policy in Somalia featured. [CLINTON - outlines his position on dealing with Aidid; says the situation in which Pakistani peacekeepers were killed needs to be resolved; adds that Haitians have violated the agreement.] Clinton's plans for sanctions against Haiti in addition to those taken by the United Nations noted.

Allen, Ron;
Birtley, Tony;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter

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