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Kissinger / Africa Policy / Senate / Panama #43277

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 13, 1976
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger tells Senate committee that Ford's new African policy has reduced possibility of more Cuban interventions.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Senate Foreign Relations Committee liked African policy. [Senator Clifford CASE - agrees United States is on right course.] [Senator George McGOVERN - compliments Kissinger on his African speech.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - commends President and Secretary for new policy. policy is more important than being elected US President] Part of policy calls for repeal of Byrd amendment, which lets US import chrome from Rhodesia despite United Nations ban. Joke made about amendment sponsor, Senator Harry Byrd. [BYRD - tells Kissinger that United States is embracing Communist USSR vigorously.] [KISSINGER - says policy involves preserving peace of world.] [BYRD - asks if United States should be dependent on USSR for chrome?] Kissinger says United States securing chrome for future needs. Africa is now a political issue.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

(Studio) Kissinger, in newspaper interview, says Reagan's Panama Canal policy would be disaster for US.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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