CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 25, 1975
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(Studio) Angered by United States arms embargo, Turkey cancels bilateral defense treaties with US; to take over 20 United States military bases there. Destiny of United States troops and equip. unknown. Bases enabled United States to monitor USSR activities. Major NATO air base at Incirlik, with United States nuclear strike force, not affected. State and Defense Depts. decline comment. Turkey action follows House of Representatives vote not to lift arms embargo despite executive branch urging otherwise. Arms embargo begun following Turkey's invasion of Cyprus.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(White House) Bases to be closed used to monitor USSR navy action in the Bosporus and other actions, include keeping tabs on USSR missile tests. US info.-gathering effort to be hurt. Turkish ambassador to United States says planned action could be averted by Congress reconsidering vote on Turkey arms sale ban. [Turkish ambassador to United States Melih ESENBEL - believes allies should act in good will. US-Turkey relations damaged.] [Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - believes House action wrong.] [Rep Edward DERWINSKI - says lack of Cyprus progress had effect on vote.] President Ford criticizes House action. Some Congmen. sobered by Turkey action.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer