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Africa Race Problems / Kissinger Shuttle / Vorster / Namibia #45319

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 17, 1976
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(Studio) Wall Street swept with rumors today that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had been assassinated; rumors apparently result of confusion from reports with regard to South Africa police shooting incidents while Kissinger on way to Pretoria. Secretary meets with Prime Min. John Vorster with regard to Africa racial tension.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Pretoria, South Africa) Secretary expects breakthrough with regard to new constitutional conference on Southwest Africa known as Namibia. Expected compromise in conference is inclusion of SWAPO, Southwest Africa People's Org., which South Africa has previously refused to deal with. Other expected subjects of talks, Rhodesia and South Africa, noted. Rumors of Kissinger meeting with Rhodesia Prime Min. Ian Smith said by aides to be unlikely, but if that does happen, it's a positive sign.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Namibia unknown territory to most.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(South Africa) Report on Namibia and its move for independence. SWAPO and guerrilla warfare it conducts noted. Org. has been recognized as sole rep. of Southwest Africa by black Africa and UN. Multi-race conference in cntry.'s capital, Windhoek, decided independence should come by 1978 and SWAPO has definite part in movement Peaceful solution here thought to be easier than in Rhodesia.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry

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