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Zaire Conflict #498922

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 22, 1978
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(Studio) Stories being told by white refugees brought out of Kolwezi, Zaire, about experiences while rebel invaders controlled city noted. Belgian paratroopers' pullout from city and continued presence of some French troops reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Kolwezi, Zaire) Conditions in Kolwezi, in wake of fighting between Katangese rebels and Zairian troops, described. Patrol of town by Belgian paratroopers detailed. Zaire's problems because of Shaba's prov.'s closed copper mines, which need Europeans to be operable and which are needed by President Mobutu's government in order to stay in power, outlined. French For. Legion participation in recapturing town mentioned.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Earlier Belgian chgs. that French had killed some Europeans and denial of this by French commander in Kolwezi reported Ad in French newspaper today for jobs in Zaire mentioned; cntry.'s bad reputation and need to get Europeans back there stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(NYC) Zaire's history as Belgian Congo and its independence from Belgium, as well as long history of fighting in cntry., outlined. Films shown. Belgian King Baudouin and Zaire's 1st President, Joseph Kasavubu, Katanganese leader Moise Tshombe, late United Nations Sec. General Dag Hammarskjold, former premier Patrice Lumumba and President Mobutu mentioned. White flight from country upon its gaining independence compared to that this year Mobutu's aid from France, Morocco, Belgium and United States to fight off rebels last year in attempt to stabilize country noted.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) President Carter's earlier statement about congress restrictions on his conduct of foreign policy and United Nations ambassador Young's disagreement with President, reported State Department comments in support of Carter's position noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Palmer, John;
Pettit, Tom

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