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Carter / United Nations Speech / Mid. East / Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt) / United Nations Reaction #249266

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter speaks at UN; holds out hope for early Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II agreement with USSR , but finds most interest centered on another world issue.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) Admin. had hoped that United Nations trip would stress nuclear arms agreement, but Carter hardly steps off helicopter before Mid. East issue becomes center of attention. New York City Democrat mayoral candidate Ed Koch gives President letter re: latest United States-USSR initiatives in Mid. East. With reaction to these initiatives still coming in from across United States and from Israel, Carter's remarks with regard to situation are awaited at UN. [CARTER - says negotiations can't be successful if any ptys. hold belief that peace is just interlude to prepare for war.] Carter's other remarks noted, include reaffirmation of United States ties to Israel. [CARTER - says United States commitment to security of Israel is unquestionable.] Remarks with regard to Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) II and use of nuclear weapons cited. [CARTER - speaks of reducing nuclear weapons arsenals in United States on reciprocal basis with rest of world.] In afternoon, Carter meets with Egyptian foreign minister Ismail Fahmy and will meet with Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan tonight.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Degree of applause for Carter before and another speech noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) Report on reaction of United Nations delegates to Carter speech. Carter is asked, as he leaves, what would happen if Israel refuses to go to Geneva; reply is that he doesn't think it will. Israeli Ambassador Chaim Herzog says United States attitude with regard to Palestinians has to be clarified. [HERZOG - notes PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) charter calls for destruction of Israel, so Israel won't negotiate with organization] [PLO spokesperson Shafiq Alabama-HOUT - says more details must be worked out, include national rights of Palestinians, before PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) can go to Geneva.] In first speech to United Nations in March, Carter left delegates with good feelings; now, they wonder how far he intends to go with USSR , and what it means to their cntries.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

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

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