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Segment 3 (What Can NATO Do?) #499074

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 30, 1978
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(Studio) NATO's formation to ensure that USSR couldn't overrun west Europe as it had eastern Europe, up to and include Czechoslovakia and East Germany, noted. Org.'s concerns about what it can do, now that Sovs.' influence has moved to Mideast and Africa where NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) power doesn't reach, is subject of report
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Films and photos shown. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting in DC, attended by heads of state incl. President Carter, Prime Min. Callaghan, Prime Min. Trudeau and Chancellor Schmidt, but not French president, mentioned. Creation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) as defense against Communist encroachment in Europe, not in Africa, and organization's concerns about fighting Soviet influence in Africa examined. Statement from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) treaty quoted; then-Secretary of State Dean Acheson's signature of treaty mentioned. Cold War incidents mentioned include Berlin blockade, fall of Czechoslovakia and erection of Berlin Wall. Decision of France, led by Charles De Gaulle, to leave NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) military structure stated. NATO problems in military structure and cooperation outlined. American proposal now before NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) for beefing up its military resources detailed; NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and Warsaw Pact military capabilities contrasted. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) commander Alexander Haig's comments about NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) versus Communist bloc ntns. given; other, earlier comments about NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) by former United States ambassador to USSR , George Kennan, and 1st NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) sup. commander Dwight Eisenhower reported Expected NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) debate over request for individual aid to Africa in face of Soviet action there outlined. No. of United States troops in W. Germany mentioned.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

Brinkley, David;
Pettit, Tom

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