CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 08, 1978
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(Studio) Soviet involvement in Africa noted as latest strain in US-USSR relations Following is part of series on those relations
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Report is exploration of US-USSR argument over Africa. Size of African voting bloc at United Nations mentioned. Beginning of change in African scene with Cuban troop presence and USSR advisers in Angola civil war noted; Congress opposition to give United States permission to enter conflict, because of memories of Vietnam, recalled. Subsequent conflicts in Africa listed: Ethiopia-Somalia and rebel invasion of Zaire. Involvement of French For. Legion and Belgian troops in Zaire noted and President Carter's pledge not to send troops to Africa mentioned. [National security adviser Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - cites own view of USSR -Cuban involvement in Africa and US reaction.] Film shown, courtesy "Meet the Press"; other films, maps and photos shown. United States officials' view of Africa and its present important contrasted to that of West Europe and Japan; reasons for Africa's emerging impt. listed. United States concerns about potential for black-white war in Rhodesia with it spreading to South Africa and Communists supporting rebels outlined. Admin.'s apparent continued concern about fear of Communism examined.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb