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Mid. East / US-USSR Declaration / Reaction #249204

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) American officials seek to soothe criticism from Israelis, in wake of wkend. United States-USSR statement with regard to principles for Mid. East settlement.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) White House aides issue statements in attempt to calm reaction to joint United States-USSR declaration; is stated that President Carter wants to emphasize that United States isn't joining USSR to impose settlement in Mid. East, doesn't favor separate Palestinian state on west bank and will have no dealings with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) until organization recognizes Israel. Officials say these assurances were given to Israel both before and after joint United States-USSR statement.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Other United States attempts to allay Israeli fears include dinner meeting between Secretary of State Vance and Israeli foreign minister Dayan.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) Background report on situation. Vance and USSR foreign minister Gromyko wrote statement, include rights of Palestinians in prerequisites for Geneva conference In meeting with Dayan, Vance will only be holding action, as President Carter will have to set things straight in speech to United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday; expected details of Carter's speech cited. Vance and Carter's talks in Washington, DC and New York City limit Israeli action; United States officials say United States committed to Israeli security and survival, but not to its expansion. Vance's recent mtg. with Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia was last in round of talks with Arab state leaders, with regard to getting PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) to accept Israel, which is key to PLO contact with United States and indispensable to its joining Geneva conference
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.;
Schieffer, Bob

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