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Mid. East / Egypt Military Force / PLO / Carter Meeting With Congressmen #46427

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Oct 06, 1977
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(Studio) In Cairo, Egypt, time is taken to remember last Mid. East war, despite hopes there for peace.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Cairo, Egypt) Report on military review of Egypt's troops and equipment in Cairo. Though country now has equipment from France, Britain and US, bulk of its force remains USSR equipment, gotten before Soviet cutoff of delivery in 1974; Egyptians have maintained much of equipment themselves, and military strength is believed to be at least as strong as in 1973 Mid. East war. President Anwar Sadat has called for peace settlement since that war, but PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and Palestinian issue remain as stumbling block. PLO leader yasir Arafat is given place of honor at review ceremony. Is believed Egyptians ready to show flexibility if Israelis do the same, but observers predict long and difficult negotiations. Until settlement reached, neither side expected to reduce armed forces or military budget.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) spokesperson says organization won't insist peace conference Palestinian participants be active PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) mbrs., if PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) gets to choose representatives that go to conference and if it gets invitation to conference Israel has said it would agree to Palestinians at conference as long as they're not active PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) members Meanwhile, at White House President Carter meets with congmen., most of them Jewish, re: admin. policy on Mid. East. Afterwards, most of group indicate satisfaction with policy.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Brannigan, Bill;
Jennings, Peter;
Walters, Barbara

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