NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 22, 1978
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(Studio) President Sadat's statements about recent Egyptian commando raid on Palestinian terrorist-held plane quoted; his break in relations with Cyprus and reaction of Egyptian public to incident reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Cairo, Egypt) Report on funeral for slain commandos and mood of Egyptian officials and public about abortive raid. Sadat's speech at army headquarters outlined; his refusal to recognize Cypriot President Kyprianou or cntry. till 2 terrorists returned to Egypt noted. Egyptian president's statements about giving order for commandos to attack plane and warning to Palestinians about further such actions detailed. [SADAT - says this incident won't change or influence Mideast peace talks in any way.] Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton's arrival in Cairo and plans for talks with President Sadat to try to get peace talks moving again reported.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs
(Studio) Cypriot reaction to incident and to news reports from area described. Formal charges brought against British correspondent John Bierman noted. Bierman is stationed in Cyprus; his reports for NBC News Radio, among others, mentioned.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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