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US-Cuba Relations / Planes Downing / United Nations / Alarcon #405162

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 27, 1996
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(Studio: Ralph Begleiter) Report introduced.

(UN: Richard Roth) The United Nations response to Cuba's shooting down of two small civilian planes examined; details given of the Cuban reaction to the UN Security Council condemnation of the shoot-down. [Cuban foreign minister Roberto ROBAINA GONZALEZ - (thru translator) asks for a chance to explain to the United Nations what happened.] The cockpit transcripts, according to US ambassador to the United Nations Madeleine Albright, quoted. [ALBRIGHT - says the pilots expressed joy at committing cold-blooded murder.]

(Studio: Hilary Bowker) Brothers to the Rescue said planning another flight near Cuba this Saturday.

(Havana: Lucia Newman) The intensification of the diplomatic war of words over the shoot-down incident updated. [Cuban Parliament president Ricardo ALARCON - compares Albright to the queen in Alice in Wonderland; suggests that the downed planes were not really "civilian transportation"; raises sovereignty issues.] The impact of United States sanctions against Cuba examined. [CUBAN - (thru translator) says the people are hurt.] [Political analyst Juan BLANCO - says the Cuban-Americans cannot affect change and want the US military to do it for them.] The whereabouts of a suspected Cuban government spy who worked for Brothers to the Rescue and the government's plans to resist any actions taken by the United States noted.

Begleiter, Ralph;
Bowker, Hilary;
Newman, Lucia;
Roth, Richard

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