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Tito Interview #213489

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 26, 1971
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(Studio) Walter Cronkite interviewed President Josip Broz Tito, now en route to US.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Outside Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Tito, 79, sees self as Communist maverick and leader of neutral ntns. Walter Cronkite and Tito talked of Middle E., USSR and India-Pakistan.
REPORTER: Dan Rather (narrates)

(Outside Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Has Tito offered to mediate India-Pakistan dispute? [TITO - (translated) says no offer made to mediate India-Pakistan dispute; views problem as internal Pakistani question; points out refugees crossed into India; problem international] Need of intl. intervention questioned. [TITO - says yes; to avoid war, United Nations must interfere.] What about Middle E. and Mediterranean? [TITO - says Sadat ready for political solution; thinks dispute should be solved political; notes Sadat says situation can't last forever; points out Sadat, in former statement, wanted to say matter couldn't stay same and Arabs will seek other ways to solve problem.] Does Sadat mean military ways? [TITO - says yes, military ways.] Has Brezhnev pulled back from limited sovereignty doctrine? [TITO - says USSR indicated Belgrade-Moscow Declaration of 1955-1956 principles still in force and sovereignty question not in doubt.] What about threat of USSR intervention in E.? [TITO - says USSR more flexible in foreign policy; notes Brezhnev indicated issue solutions should be found quickly; feels E. and West blocs should be liquidated; says Americans know arms race costs too much.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) English version of Tito's remarks was Yugoslavian translation; entire report to be shown at 10:30 EST.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Cronkite, Walter;
Rather, Dan

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