CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 25, 1977
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(Studio) Uganda President Idi Amin today orders all Americans in country to come before him Monday morning with lists of possessions. Despite assurances from Uganda that Americans not in danger, reaction from government produces urgent mtgs. and announcements.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) State Department keeps reactions and statements low-key. Spokesperson Frederick Brown says United States complained Thursday with regard to Uganda actions; today United States complains again. [BROWN - says Ambassador William Shaufele calls in Uganda charge d'affaires with regard to Amin's order to Americans to appear in Kampala and not allowing them to leave country before then.] Later charge d'affaires Paul Cherubet tells reporter Bernard Shaw same thing Amin says in telegram to President Carter; White House says telegram helpful in allaying concern. [CHERUBET - says there's no need for concern; Amin wants to tell Americans they're doing good job and government would like for them to continue] Today President Carter and United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim discuss possibility of United Nations action in Uganda. Admin. spokesperson say there's no relationship between Carter's statements with regard to Uganda, at Wednesday press conf., and Amin's actions.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(DC) Pentagon keeps Uganda affair plans as secret as when South Vietnam fell 2 years ago. Possible evacuation of Americans from Uganda noted; if peaceful, C-141 transports from Europe landing at Entebbe probably to be used, if not peaceful, airborne troops from south Italy to be used. Defense Department emphasizes no evacuation order imminent and denies Amin accusation that Marines on eastern Africa coast ready to rescue Americans Is true 3-ship task force, include "U.S.S. Enterprise," is off Kenya coast on routine maneuvers. (Defense Department films shown.)
REPORTER: Ike Pappas
(Studio) Uganda radio emphasizes no need for concern with regard to fate of Americans; says Amin may throw party for Americans after meeting
REPORTER: Roger Mudd