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Cuba / Planes Downing / United States Policy #164905

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 25, 1996
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Miami: Mark Potter) The downing by Cuba of two planes used by the group Brothers to the Rescue to aid Cuban refugees featured; scenes shown. [Cruise ship waiter James STATON - describes what happened.] [Brothers to the Rescue Jose BASULTO - accuses the Cuban government of downing the planes in international waters.] Cuba's claims about the incident also outlined. [Cuban diplomat Jose Luis PONCE - defends Cuba's actions.] Protesting Cuban-Americans shown.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) The United Nations Security Council said holding an emergency meeting tonight at the request of President Clinton.

(White House: David Ensor) White House meeting about the incident and how the United States should react featured; animated map shown; details given of the options the United States could take against Fidel Castro. [Secretary of State Warren CHRISTOPHER - calls Cuba's actions an unjustified violation of international law.] [On CBS, presidential candidate Pat BUCHANAN - says shoot the Cuban planes down!.]

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Live coverage from Miami on tomorrow's "Good Morning America" noted.

Ensor, David;
Potter, Mark;
Simpson, Carole

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