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(Studio) Admin. reported backing away from hardline policy with regard to Central American, especially with regard to use of American troops.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(DC) Officials said rpting. administration has about decided against use of American troops in El Salvador even if guerrillas seem to be winning. Congress opinions and public polls said opposed to troop use. Secretary of State Alexander Haig reported exploring Mexican proposal to mediate crisis. Mtg. with Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda noted; scenes shown. October 1981 scenes of Ronald Reagan meeting with Francois Mitterrand shown. United States problem with offer of President Jose Lopez Portillo outlined by Haig. [March 2, 1982, HAIG - say those negotiating end of illegal activities must commit themselves to that end.] Admin. thought seeking way out of bad situation.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
- Kalb, Marvin;
- Pauley, Jane
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