CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1983
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(Studio) Israel and Lebanon reported signing troop withdrawal agreement today. Syria, in retaliation for the signing, said blocking main Beirut-Damascus highway as well as closing another road linking the 2 countries.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Signing ceremonies featured; films shown. Possible implications for Israel of Syria's refusal to honor accords discussed; Lebanese negotiator Antoine Fattal's concern over situation outlined. [US negotiator Morris DRAPER - believes region deserves peace.] Continue presence of PLO and Syrian forces in region discussed; Syria's threat to Lebanon for agreement with Israel noted. Former Lebanese president Suleiman Franjieh noted issuing communique rejecting accord.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell
(DC) United States envoy Philip Habib said returning to Beirut tomorrow, focusing on Syrian withdrawal. Basis of United States strategy outlined. [President REAGAN - praises opportunity for peace with withdrawal agreement.] [State Department SPOKESPERSON - acknowledges potential conflict if withdrawal fails.] Iraq, Morocco, Jordan and Egypt said supporting withdrawal agreement; hope that Saudi Arabia will pressure Syria to withdraw discussed.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer