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Cuba / Military in Africa / Castro Interview #48747

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 25, 1977
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(Studio) Cuba forces in Africa is stumbling block to better relations with US; there are still troops in Angola. State Department now says Cuban military technicians are in Ethiopia. On trip to Cuba last week, anchor asked Fidel Castro with regard to troops in Angola and technicians in Ethiopia. (Portions of interview shown.) [CASTRO - (thru translator) has sent diplomatic personnel, but not military advisers, to Ethiopia; says reports of numbers there or being sent aren't true. Asks why the attention to so much detail; says he can't work free of charge for CIA and that he's doing their work.] Castro continued to say personnel in Ethiopia not military advisers; is asked with regard to number of troops and advisers sent to Angola. [CASTRO - won't tell number, but says figs. given by Nixon and Kissinger were less than actual figs. at one point. Possibly CIA knows exact number; doesn't underestimate CIA. Cites agreement with Angola government for progressive withdrawal, begun at end of war.] Castro's other comments with regard to Cuban troops in Angola and own reaction to France and Morocco sending troops to Zaire as well as intentions in Ethiopia noted. Special broadcast, "Fidel Castro Speaks", to be shown Thursday, June 9.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reporter(s):
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:03:40

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