CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jul 05, 1981
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(Studio) Crisis or no crisis in El Salvador said the question. Crisis said made by Reagan administration, from which it pulled back fearing damage to US domestic program.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(DC) State Department said now to move El Salvador to spotlight again. Thomas Enders said preparing speech with regard to worsening situation in El Salvador. Arrival of USSR equipment in Cuba said claimed. New supply routes to guerrillas said opening up, accdg. to officials, Cuba and Nicaragua said arranging secret airlift. Officials said claiming efforts for cooperation between President Jose Duarte and Salvadoran business men have failed. Enders speech said effort to keep Congress binding administration's hand for future. Issue said to have been set aside for budget actions, thus complicating administration's position with regard to El Salvador.
REPORTER: Diane Sawyer
(Studio) If guerrillas go on offensive, El Salvador's troops said facing tactical problem.
REPORTER: Phil Jones
(El Salvador) May 1980 scenes shown. Advent of rainy season noted. Effect on army anticipated. War said not going well for army. Map of action shown. Smuggling of weapons mentioned. Govt. said controlling population centers and farm areas. Bridges to guerrilla strongholds shown cut. Colonel Rafael Flores Lima chief of staff, shown; quoted re: anticipated rainy season. Sabotage of bridges over Lempa River said feared by military Benefit to guerrillas noted. Mil. scenes shown, as troops assemble for Morozan prov. defense Very young soldier shown.
REPORTER: Charles Kraus
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