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Zaire Conflict #498869

NBC Evening News for Friday, May 19, 1978
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(Studio) French For. Legion troops' entrance into Kolwezi, Zaire, in effort to rescue foreign ntls. there noted; discovery of some Europeans who had been killed, apparently prior to French arrival, mentioned. French began operation in Kinshasa. Use of American C-141 transports to fly in fuel to Kamina for use in evacuation and orders given Belgian paratroopers to leave Kamina and move to Kolwezi reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Details given about situation in Zaire at present and background of Cuban- and USSR -backed rebel invasion of Kolwezi outlined. Reluctance of United States and other West ntns. to support President Mobutu's allegedly corrupt regime noted; is also stated that given situation with foreign ntls. in combat area, there was little other choice and that there is also incr. concern about growth of Soviet and Cuban military involvement in Africa.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Small number of Americans in Zaire to help with arrival and departure of American supply planes and lack of plans for Americans to take part in combat noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Details given about United States involvement in Zaire by using C-141's to transport supplies from Belgium to Kinshasa and from Corsica to Kamina. Photo and map shown. Pentagon statement that United States planes don't enter combat zones noted. Contd. alert status of 82nd Airborne Div. reported Concern at Pentagon that Cuban MiG's stationed in Angola may try to intercept American supply planes, according to report from Ford Rowan at Pentagon, detailed.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Concern about Zaire situation evidenced at White House noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Report on attitude at White House toward Zaire dvts. Statements by President Carter and Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) State Department comments about Cubans and Sovs. mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Cuban President Fidel Castro's call to American diplomat in Havana for meeting, at which he denies Cuban direct or indirect involvement in Zaire invasion, reported State Department reaction described. [State Department spokesperson Tom RESTON - says that information is that rebels in Shaba prov. were trained by Cubans and are using Soviet weapons. Can't confirm that there are actually Cubans in Zaire.] Examination of difference in Carter administration reaction to this invasion of Zaire by rebels as opposed to that of 14 mos. ago, especially in view of Cuban connection.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Escape of some from Kolwezi described. President Mobutu's hasty departure from Kolwezi when he went there on Thursday noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Kinshasa, Zaire) Details of Mobutu's trip to Kolwezi airport and of damage to airport from rebel attack given. Evacuation of employees of American-owned Inga-Shaba Construction Company early in fighting described; employee Al Moody's experiences in trying to get family out of town of Kolwezi cited. [MOODY - describes fighting in Kolwezi. Says there are several thousand Europeans in city and some have been killed.]
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Reasons for French paratroopers drop on Kolwezi and uncertainty about accuracy of reports with regard to killing of foreign ntls. in area reported Elimination of Segment 3 in this broadcast noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Fletcher, Martin;
Palmer, John;
Pettit, Tom;
Valeriani, Richard;
Woodruff, Judy

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