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Ethiopia-Somalia War / Communist Presence / Tito Interview #257251

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 08, 1978
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(Studio) Somalia's admission of loss of Ogaden Desert town of Jijiga to USSR - and Cuban-backed forces from Ethiopia reported Further questions to Yugoslav pres. Tito, in interview, on incring. USSR and Cuban presence in Africa noted. Interview shown. [TITO - (thru interpreter) thinks danger lies in US and USSR getting involved, but that neither is intd. in doing so. Cites Carter's statement of United States position on Ethiopia-Somalia war. Says there are Cuban and Soviet experts, not troops, in Africa and that number not small. Notes there's little talk of Saudi and other Arab presence in Somalia; thinks all outsiders should leave.] Anchor asks about future for Yugoslavia after Tito is no longer leader and concerns with regard to possible USSR intervention. [TITO - describes Yugoslavia's strength.] Anchor notes President Carter's statement about need for continued independence of Yugoslavia; asks if Tito wants stronger commitment from US. [TITO - says no.] Anchor notes Tito's comments to "New York Times" columnist James Reston with regard to personal problems with Mrs. Tito; says world wonders about it, after seeing her by his side for so long. [TITO - says only difference is that wife no longer travels with him; cites reasons. Says situation is personal, with no connection to pols.] Tito's comments on West European Communist ptys., especially those in France and Italy, and on USSR -China (PR) relations outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter
Duration:
00:05:20

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