ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 05, 1976
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(Studio) Rhodesia tightens gasoline rationing and enlarges its army in response to closure of its border with Mozambique. South Africa foreign minister calls on W. cntrys., especially United States, to do something about Soviet and Cuban aggression in Africa. Rptd. Soviet tanks and Cuban troops landed at Mozambique port of Beira. Report on big power struggle for influence in Africa and United States' African policies.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) United States enjoys diplomatic relations with almost all African ntns. Senator African affairs subcommittee holds meeting [Ex-pres. African-American Institution Waldemar NIELSEN - says United States undercut its role in African policies and cam only watch events about to occur.] [M.I.T. Soviet affairs expert, Prof. William GRIFFITH - says natural USSR would look for places to do well and see that United States does badly. They'll continue their course in South Africa.] Chinese spent years building their appeal in Mozambique. Tanzania, Zambia and Zaire. USSR gained ground in Somalia, Angola, Guinea, Mali and Congo Brazzaville. Soviets spent 3 times as much for military aid as for economic aid. 12-15,000 Cubans are in Angola. 100's Cuban military and technical advisers are in Congo Brazzaville, Somalia and Guinea. Senator Dick Clark only member of African affairs subcommittee to show up for meeting African expert from Soviet embassy there. [CLARK - hopes United States doesn't become laughing stock of Africa. It'll happen if United States defs. white regimes.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel