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Lebanon Crisis (Studio) Special United States Envoy Philip Habib Reported Briefing President Reagan On Efforts To Keep Syria and Israel From Going To war over Lebanon missile crisis. #277402

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 29, 1981
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REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) [REAGAN - praises Habib's diplomacy.] [HABIB - thinks continued US role as peacemaker is valuable.] Apparent difference in efforts of USSR and Saudi Arabia in helping solve crisis mentioned. [Secretary of State Alexander HAIG - notes complexity of problem.] Basis of Haig's continuing pessimism said in part due to support of Libya's Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi for Palestinians in Lebanon. [HAIG - says area's natural resources are almost exclusively diverted to arms payments.] Extent of Kadhafi's arms support for Palestinians outlined; number of Libyan troops in Lebanon mentioned. Israeli air force reported hitting Libyan-manned missile site yesterday.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's remarks on Libyan troops in Lebanon reported; Reagan administration said allegedly appealing indirectly to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) to exercise restraint in current dispute. State Department said neither confirming nor denying report Israeli reconnaissance flight over Lebanon's Bekaa Valley today reported Complexity of latest Mideast crisis noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(S. Lebanon) Situation in south free Lebanon, also known as the Christian enclave, examined; various aspects of lifestyle here discussed. Christian militia leader Saad Haddad discussed. [HADDAD - comments on people's commitment to him.] Israeli relationship with Haddad compared with US receptions for Marshall Nguyen Cao Ky and Nguyen Van Thieu; details given. High Adventure ministry of Van Nuys, California, noted owning and operating Free Lebanon's only radio station; details of evangelists' operation of station given. [Radio bdcsts. played.]

Pierpoint, Robert;
Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob

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