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Mideast Developments #255283

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 03, 1978
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(Studio) Intensity of fighting in Beirut between Syrian and Lebanese Christian forces noted; conditions described. Film shown. Potential threat to Israeli-Egyptian peace agreements reported Secretary of State Cyrus Vance's meeting with Lebanese ambassador to United Nations about situation mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Issues in Lebanon situation, involving Syrians, Lebanese Christians, Palestinians and Israelis, described. Lebanese Christians' consideration of setting up own state in mountainous region around Mt. Lebanon noted. Effect of Camp David agreements on Lebanese situation examined. Former Lebanon President Camille Chamoun mentioned.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

(DC) United States concerns that latest Syrian combat with Christians might provoke Israeli intervention and hurt peace chances between Israel and Egypt detailed. Incrd. United States diplomatic involvement in attempts to resolve Lebanese situation described; France and Saudi Arabia noted to also be involved. United States administration approval of cargo plane sale to Syria, fight against congress cut of Syrian aid package and administration's position on Syrian role in Lebanon stated.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Shake-up in President Sadat's government reported; reporter Doug Sefton's statement that changes not believed to represent defection or disagreements within government noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.;
Kalb, Marvin

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