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Carter / Economy Conference / Assad / Mid. East #252433

CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 08, 1977
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(Studio) Ldrs. at economy summit report agreement on month of issues.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(London, England) Outcome of conference noted; news conference comments of Trudeau of Canada, Giscard d'Estaing of France, Schmidt of West Germany, Andreotti of Italy, Fukuda of Japan, Callaghan of Britain and Carter noted. [CARTER - says decisions of conference is no guarantee they'll be carried out.] Committee to be appointed to study problem of nuclear material sales.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Carter to go to Geneva Monday for meeting with Syria's Hafez al-Assad, with regard to Mid. East. Assad arrives in Geneva today. Syrian leader's stand on Israeli borders and Palestinian issue noted. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Damascus, Syria) To Syrians, 1 of main issues is Golan Heights territory. Golan's capital city Quneitra, had about 70,000 people prior to 1967 war. Golan territory, guarded by United Nations in buffer zone, leaves little room for border changes, unlike Sinai. Short distances between Israeli border and Damascus noted. Assad has made clear he wants all Golan back. Is expected to press Carter on issue; has repeatedly said United States has responsibility for peace in Mid. East. Assad doesn't have to be as ready for peace as Egypt or Hussein of Jordan and can drive toughest bargain.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

Dean, Morton;
Schieffer, Bob;
Tunnell, Doug

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