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Zaire / Mobutu Interview / Young #48116

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 13, 1977
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(Studio) Reports from Zaire say Moroccan troops have dug in at copper mining center of Kolwezi. President of Zambia accuses Zaire planes of bombing areas in Zambia.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko's palace is just across river from USSR -backed Republican of Congo, but to Mobutu, Soviet threat is in Shaba prov. of Zaire. He claims USSR and Cuba-backed rebels invading province in order to set up separate state there similar to Angola. [MOBUTU - (translation given) says when Katangese left Zaire, they had Belgian weapons; now are back with USSR weapons.] Mobutu says he's worried with regard to United States attitude toward Zaire and with regard to United Nations ambassador Andrew Young's statements with regard to Africa. [MOBUTU - (translation) notes letter in support of Zaire from Secretary of State Vance, seemingly contradicted later by Young's statements.] Mobutu's power in Zaire and effect of losing Shaba province cited.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Studio) Report to follow on Young's reaction to Mobutu criticism.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Chicago, Illinois) Young is in Chicago to speak; interviewed with regard to Zaire. Young says he wants to help and has lobbied in Congress for additional noncombat aid, but situation shouldn't be blamed on United States and African ntns. should help work out solution. [YOUNG - says United States has to be friend to nation, not person; believes if Mobutu's troops can't stop outnumbered rebels, US shouldn't send troops to do it for him.] Young repeats United States shouldn't be scared by Communism; should think of United States interests only.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi

Brown, Hilary;
Cioffi, Lou;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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