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ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 25, 1977
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(Studio) Uganda President Idi Amin orders all Americans in country detained till he talks with them on Monday Reaction from Washington, DC noted; Uganda says no harm will come to any Americans and they may leave after meeting with Amin. This is 1st tense foreign confrontation for President Carter.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Carter meets with United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim; 2 discuss Uganda situation. Press Secretary Jody Powell says President watching situation carefully, but no unusual action in progress; Powell does say President will take any steps necessary and proper to safeguard American lives. Later Carter goes to Camp David, after stopping at Bethesda Naval Hospital where daughter-in-law Caron, Chip's wife, is having 1st baby.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) United States and Uganda seem to want to avoid irrevocable act by anyone.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Kampala radio announces Amin's order with regard to Americans and Amin sends long telegram to President Carter, apparently responding to Carter statements re: human rights violations in Uganda during Wednesday press conference (Film of press conference shown.) [CARTER - comments with regard to Uganda.] Today spokesperson take care in remarks; though United States pulled out of Uganda in 1973, there's embassy in DC and charged affairs called in to explain government actions. Later tells reporters there's no cause for alarm. [Paul CHERUBET - says Americans free to do as they want with regard to staying or leaving.] (Defense Department film shown.) Amin also has charged United States naval task force, headed by "U.S.S. Enterprise," prepares for rescue mission to Uganda. "U.S.S. Enterprise" is off eastern Africa coast, but such mission very is not 1 of serious options.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Lack of knowledge with regard to Amin noted; 2 people who know him are last US amb. to Uganda Thomas Melady and civil rights leader and writer Eldridge Cleaver, who was exiled in west Africa. (Interviews shown.) [CLEAVER - says he's met Amin and newspaper reports that Amin has butchered own people are true.] [MELADY - says concern for American live's in Uganda must continue, though up to now Amin's attacks have been only on own people and only verbal on United States and Britain.]
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Network today obtained telephone number which retired Israeli general, Haim Bar-Lev, used to reach Amin during affair at Entebbe airport last yr.; call goes thru, but man says they don't take calls from journalists and hangs up.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:05:50

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