CBS Evening News for Monday, Jun 27, 1977
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(Studio) At 12:01 a.m. today, French empire in Africa ends and Djibouti becomes 49th nation on continent.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Djibouti) Because of strategic position on Red Sea, small nation has become focal point in war of words between Somalia and Ethiopia. Ea. of 2 larger ntns. has charged other with planning invasion of new nation; Djibouti's new president, Hassan Gouled expresses concern with regard to this in speech to people at time of independence. Somalia's interest with regard to ethnic ties with people; Ethiopia's is economy, as Franco-Ethiopian RR, linking Addis Ababa with Djibouti, is Ethiopia's lifeline to Red Sea. French flotilla and troops will remain to help protect nation's new freedom.
REPORTER: Randy Daniels
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