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Tito Funeral #510771

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 07, 1980
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(Studio) Resentment and criticism over President Carter's refusal to attend funeral of Yugoslavia President Josip Broz Tito noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Arrival of world leaders noted both tribute to Tito and expression of concern for Yugoslavia's future; films shown. Leonid Brezhnev quoted; United States delegation, headed by Vice President Walter Mondale and Lillian Carter, noted drawing criticism here. [MONDALE - expresses support for Yugoslavia's independence.] Presence of Prince Philip, Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher noted; response to Tito's death by Yugoslav residents cited.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory

(Studio) White House defense of Carter's absence outlined; Iran hostage crisis mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Official White House defense quoted; administration said denying report that President had received message from West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt asking Carter to change his mind. White House statement quoted on screen; denial that Carter was intentionally avoiding Brezhnev quoted on screen. Arrangements reported being made for Carter to visit Yugoslavia next month when he attends economy conference in Italy.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Carter's statement during 1976 debate with Gerald Ford re: Yugoslavia recalled; President, though changing his position since then, said not forgotten in Belgrade.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Mallory, Steve;
Palmer, John

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