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Palestinian Terrorist Incident / Egypt-Cyprus Relations #256501

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 21, 1978
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(Studio) Differing Egyptian and Cypriot versions of incident on Sunday night at Larnaca airport and Cyprus' expressed desire to mend diplomatic relations reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Nicosia, Cyprus) [Cyprus President Spyros KYPRIANOU - says Cyprus doesn't want to become arena for Arab ntns. to settle disputes.] Possible different outcomes of incident, depending on when terrorists decided to surrender hijacked plane detailed. Description of fighting and aftermath given; film shown. Cypriots' return of slain Egyptian soldiers to Cairo reported.

(Cairo, Egypt) Conflicting claims by Cypriots and by Egyptian Brigadier General Nabil Shukri with regard to negotiations between terrorists and Cypriot officials and about attack detailed. Shukri's comments noted. Statements of Egyptian passenger Hussein Rizk, which contradict Shukri claims, reported [RIZK - says terrorists had been promised passports and safe conduct to another country Thinks Cypriots would have arrested terrorists without gunfire.] President Sadat is at rest house in Ismailia; his lack of public statement noted.

Cronkite, Walter;
Lee, Mike;
Simon, Bob

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