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Central America / Cuba #291834

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 26, 1983
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(Studio) Cuba's warning against United States naval blockade of Nicaragua noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Santiago, Cuba) Cuba's celebration of revolution anniversary and concern over United States military maneuvers in Central America and Caribbean examined; films shown. [Vice President Carlos Rafael RODRIGUEZ - notes Cuba's planned reaction to US promotion of war atmosphere in region; outlines ways United States could lessen tension in Central America.] Cuba said willing to reduce its military role in Nicaragua, as well as defense it with troops if necessary, in interest of peace. [RODRIGUEZ - thinks all foreign ntns. in Central America should reduce their forces.] Implications of Fidel Castro's speech tonight considered. [RODRIGUEZ - hopes United States and Cuba grow up together; sees current quarrel is useless.]

(DC) Alleged Cuban military build-up in Nicaragua, according to US officials, outlined on screen, discussed; evidence said provided by Nicaraguan defector Miguel Bolanos Hunter. Bolanos' report said unconfirmed; implications should it pan out considered. Rise in USSR and Cuban airline flights between Havana and Managua, doubling of USSR military deliveries by Soviet bloc ships noted. Intelligence photos shown. Role of USS Coral Sea in Caribbean explained.
REPORTER: David Martin

(Studio) President Reagan's news conference tonight announced. Representative Thomas O'Neill's optimism in congress battle to halt aid to Nicaraguan guerrillas noted. Details given. [O'NEILL - believes administration `s show of naval and Thil. force has strengthened movement to cut off aid.] Reagan's conditional praise for recommendations of Contadora Group outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Martin, David;
Rabel, Ed;
Rather, Dan

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