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Zaire Invasion / Americans' Evacuation / United States Position / Kaunda Visit #498834

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 17, 1978
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(Studio) Zaire government report that its paratroopers have recaptured airport at Kolwezi from rebel invaders in Shaba prov. noted. Evacuation of most Americans from prov. by construction company they work for reported; unlikelihood of need for United States Army to go in stated.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Telephone interview with correspondent in Kinshasa. Anchor asks about status of Americans and other foreign ntls. in Zaire.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Photo of correspondent shown. Diplomatic sources' statements that outside reports of evacuation of Americans from Kolwezi hasn't been reported to them noted; other sources' information that reports of Americans and other foreign ntls. were being held hostage may also be false stated.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Info. obtained with regard to number of fors. possibly trapped in Shaba stated; anchor asks for reporter's information
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Zaire) Info. from Zaire, with regard to number of fors. in fighting area and their unknown status, stated.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Questions concerns missionaries who may have stayed in area voluntarily.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Zaire) Is noted that this is possible, that some Catholic missionaries in area may have stayed; is also mentioned that they would have to do so now, as evacuation is only way out at present and situation on that isn't known.
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Alert status of Army's 82nd Airborne Div. at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in event of need for them in Africa, noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Fort Bragg, North Carolina) Report on 82nd's preparations and attitude toward possible call to duty in Zaire. Senior officers' view that this is just Pentagon public relations effort noted. [sergeant Wayne AURELIUS - says men look forward to going into combat, that this is what they've trained for and it's their job and duty.] Troops' disappointment upon hearing that most of Americans had been evacuated from fighting area described. Officer's comments re: being out on real alert and troop morale and readiness stated.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Zaire's request to United States for military supplies noted. White House and State Department work on this reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - lists Zaire's requests of US. Doesn't have cost figs. at present.] Delay in sending supplies till Zaire pays off back debts reported; work on this problem mentioned. Uncertainty about actual situation in Shaba and about rebels' purpose stated; United States view that President Mobutu's government in no serious danger noted.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) President Carter's welcome to Washington, DC of Zambia President Kenneth Kaunda, whose country borders Rhodesia, Angola and Zaire, reported Kaunda's statements on Cubans in Africa and American peace plan for Rhodesia detailed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Fletcher, Martin;
Francis, Fred;
Valeriani, Richard

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