CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 15, 1985
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(Studio) Background to separatist violence in French territory of New Caledonia reviewed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Noumea, New Caledonia) Effect of political unrest on region examined; films shown. [Anti-independence ldr Jacques LAFLEUR - feels separatist issue is fight between E. and West] Push by some residents to have island made 51st US state noted. [PEOPLE - explain wanting to join US.] Perception of events by separatist leader quoted; President Reagan mentioned. [French high commission spokesperson Edgard PISANI - explains problem as he perceives it.] [Independence leader Jean-Marie TJIBAOU - explains his stance.] France's position on issue discussed. [French COLONIST - will remain.]
REPORTER: Bob Simon
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