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Zaire Conflict / United States Policy in Africa / Angola #257995

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 24, 1978
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(Studio) Recent White House statements about congress limits on president power re: for. policy, made during fighting in Zaire, noted. Beginning of controversy at time of 1976 Cuban-backed Communist victory in Angola mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Press Secretary Jody Powell's apparent confirmation of administration attempts to see if aid can be funnelled to anti-Communists in Angola through 3rd cntry. and still be legal in United States reported Senator Dick Clark's view of this movement stated. He is author of Clark amendment preventing aid to Angolan rebels. [CLARK - has evidence that move to change law is under consideration.] Gerald Ford's visit to Washington, DC and comments on controversy noted. [FORD - hopes Congress will review and revise these measures.] [Senator Howard BAKER - says President must decide if he feels restrained and if so, must submit recommendations to Congress] Baker's suggestion that United States use threat of halted Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations against USSR and Cubans noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Update on situation in Kolwezi and rest of Shaba prov. in Zaire. Contd. flight of rebels through Zambia to Angola noted. France's appeal to Zambia and Angola to help free hostages rebels allegedly took with then mentioned. Strained relations between France and Belgium as result of intervention in Zaire reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Paris, France) Details of dispute between Belgians and French with regard to actions of Belgian troops and French For. Legion in Kolwezi given. Conflict over interest in Zaire's mineral wealth also noted. Zaire President Mobutu's suggestion that French might replace Belgian technicians on mining sites, during meeting in Paris with Belgian prime minister Leo Tindemans, reported France's political interest in Zaire, as well as in Chad and Mauritania where troops also fight, examined. French President Giscard's concerns about growing USSR role in Africa stated.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Schieffer, Bob

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