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Carter / United Nations Speech / Foreign Policy #250946

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 17, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter in New York City for United Nations speech after attending town meeting in Massachusetts and energy conference in West Virginia.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Charleston, West Virginia) Preview of United Nations speech, with regard to human rights, cited, include references to United Nations Human Rights Commission moving to New York City and Helsinki Agreement. President also to speak of hopes for disarmament agreements with USSR .
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Broadcast of United Nations address noted. At Clinton, Massachusetts, meeting President speaks of Mid. East peace and homeland for Palestinians; is latest in line of surprise foreign policy comments.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Problem of Carter's surprise foreign policy statements noted. At Clinton meeting, he acknowledges it. [CARTER - notes press criticism for telling public too much.] Later speaks of Palestinian homeland. [CARTER - says such must be provided.] At last news conf., President spoke of several new ideas and proposals. (Film of news conference shown.) [CARTER - speaks of Arab-Israeli agreement with regard to permanent and recognized borders, withdrawal of ground troops from South Korea and demilitarization of Indian Ocean.] Comments of United Nations ambassador Andrew Young with regard to Cuba, Africa and Great Britain create problems also. Recent apology of United Nations delegate Brady Tyson with regard to United States role in coup of Salvadore Allende's government in Chile cited as another example Republicans in Congress see this as political opportunity. [Representative Robert MICHEL - is concerned with regard to matter.] [National Security adviser Dr. Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - says public not accustomed to open foreign policy, but it's based on authority and forethought.] Brzezinski and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance apparently uninformed of President's planned reference to Palestinian homeland. Many like open foreign policy, but wonder if it can work.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Press Secretary Jody Powell plays down Palestinian statement; reactions of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat, in Cairo, Egypt, and of Israel Prime Min. Yitzhak Rabin noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Pierpoint, Robert

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