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Zaire Conflict #257951

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 22, 1978
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REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) Contd. casualty count in aftermath of rebel invasion of Zaire, where town of Kolwezi was hardest hit, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kolwezi, Zaire) Report on situation in Kolwezi in aftermath of fighting between Katangese rebels and Zairian troops. [SURVIVOR - describes experience in escaping mass slaughter by rebels.] Searches of city for retreating rebels by French For. Legion troops described. Chgs. against French, concerning their handling of civilians, by Belgian troops and officers outlined. President Mobutu mentioned. Evacuation of Kolwezi hospital and decision of many Europeans to leave Shaba prov. for good noted. [MAN - says if they're not sure of security, they can't stay. States that they might have trouble with regular Zairian army.]
REPORTER: Randy Daniels

(Studio) Beginning of Moroccan troops' arrival in Kinshasa reported; film shown. Belief that Moroccans will replace Belgians, who began pullout today, stated. Remaining Belgian troops at Kamina mentioned; French For. Legion commander's statement with regard to purpose of his troops in Zaire cited. Completion of evacuation of Americans and Europeans from Zaire reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Brussels, Belgium) Arrival of European refugees from Shaba prov. in Rome, Paris and Brussels described. Stories being told by refugees of treatment rebels gave Europeans outlined. Film shown, in which American survivor of rebel attack tells his story before leaving Zaire. [US construction worker Bill STARKEY - describes experience.]
REPORTER: Susan Peterson

(Studio) President Carter's earlier statement that congress restrictions would block US military equipment and aid from being sent to Zaire noted. State Department's issuance of list supporting this statement reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details given about State Department listing of statutes limiting President's ability to use American economy or military power. United Nations ambassador Andrew Young's wkend. comments that he doesn't believe legislature needs to be changed reported; film shown. [State Department spokesperson Tom RESTON - says Young's NYC office will issue statement clarifying Young's position and support for Department review. Talks about list and its purpose.] Carter's apparent siding with security adviser Brzezinski, whose position is that United States must have flexibility to challenge USSR and Cuba in Africa, noted. Young's position on issue stated.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Young's clarification quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Daniels, Randy;
Kalb, Marvin;
Peterson, Susan

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