CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 02, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) United Nations mediator reported beginning talks in Geneva, Switzerland, to end war in Afghanistan. USSR withdrawal noted major issue. Report introduced.
(Geneva, Switzerland: Tom Fenton) Geneva negotiations between United States and USSR with regard to Afghanistan discussed; details given, scenes shown. Afghan rebels reported excluded in talks and experts quoted with regard to their cooperation with US-USSR agreement. [Rebel leader Abdul HAQ - criticizes President Reagan's apparent sell-out to USSR .] Rebelsnoted saving weapons to be used when USSR withdraws and United States aid diminishes. United States noted giving most aid to extreme Moslem group; moderate rebel groups noted fearing extremists will turn Afghanistan into another Iran. [National Islamic Front spokesperson Wahid TARZI - says moderates live in present and extremists live in distant past.] Fundamentalists shown protesting in Geneva; details given. Observers noted comparing demonstrators to Iranian demonstrations before revolution.
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