CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1984
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(Studio) Lebanese President Amin Gemayel reported accepting Saudi Arabian peace plan while opposition leaders said rejecting proposal; Syrian foreign minister Abdel Halim Khaddam said informing Saudi foreign minister Saud al Faisal of his nation's rejection of plan. Fighting in Lebanon today summarized.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) President Reagan's continued defense of his Lebanon policy outlined. [REAGAN - claims current fighting underscores need for United States to solve area's problems; praises his foreign policy in general] Criticism of his Lebanon policy outlined on screen; Secretary of State George Shultz noted vacationing in Bahamas while Mideast envoy Don. Rumsfeld is at home in Chicago. Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' rationale for administration's current attitude quoted on screen. President Amin Gemayel thought leaning towards Syria more than United States now. [GEMAYEL - hopes for improved relations with Syria.] Tension in United States relations with Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Israel explained. [Israeli ambassador Meir ROSENNE - feels United States action implies Syria and Moscow make decisions concerning Lebanon.] Critics said fearing ultimate outcome of Reagan's Lebanon policy will be USSR expansion in region.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Beirut, Lebanon) Status of continued fighting here, include incident in which British news crew ran over land mine, examined; films shown. Marines' preparation for withdrawal described, shown. [Marine SPOKESPERSON - notes quiet lately.] Impracticality of replacing multintl. forces with United Nations troops explained; Druse militia mentioned placing United Nations troops already here under house arrest. Details given.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton
(Beirut, Lebanon) E. Beirut, the besieged Christian enclave, noted preparing for intensified fighting; details given, films shown. 1 family (named in report) featured. [HUSBAND - is disappointed United States isn't helping.] [MAN - feels Sixth Fleet's impotence is humiliating.] Contd. exodus of Lebanese Christians noted, shown.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell
(Studio) Advance of Israeli forces from Awali River in south Lebanon toward Druse-held Damur discussed; warnings to residence of Jiye noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather