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South Vietnam / 3 Provinces Abandoned #36278

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 18, 1975
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(Studio) Refugees rptdly. streaming out of 3 highland provinces given up by South Vietnam. In Saigon, there were reports withdrawal negotiated by South Vietnam's President Thieu and Viet Congress
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(South Vietnam) North Vietnam overtake Ban Me Thuot this wkend; Communists cut exodus route to coast; refugees stranded and dazed. Many more refugees leave Pleiku, Kontum, Darlac, but all must be airlifted out. Nha Trang now site of army headquarters; to become haven for refugees from all over central highlands region.
REPORTER: Frank Mariano

(Studio) White House Press Secretary Ron Nessen says President Ford quite concerned about present South Vietnam situation.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(White House) American officials who are Vietnam experts, highly skeptical of alleged deal made between Thieu and North Vietnam. Washington, DC experts agree with Thieu that highlands no longer defensible. Mil. setback seems to support United States claim that Saigon government in trouble without United States military aid.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Americans who were personally and deeply involved in Vietnam situation watching latest dvts. closely.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Retired General William Westmoreland discusses South Vietnam situation. [WESTMORELAND - thinks South Vietnam's decision to give up central highlands not unreasonable action, under circumstances.] [Former assistant Secretary of State Roger HILSMAN - doesn't believe Vietnam will end with bang. It will drag out for years; eventually Hanoi to control Vietnam; move to mean nothing to US.]
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds (WCBD-TV videotape)

Jarriel, Tom;
Mariano, Frank;
Reasoner, Harry

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