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Lebanon / PLO In-Fighting #527431

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 13, 1983
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(Studio) Syrian-backed rebels reported rejecting PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat's conditions for leaving north Lebanon; details given.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Tripoli, Lebanon) Current status of Palestinian rebellion here examined; films shown. Arafat's demands for leaving city outlined. [ARAFAT - feels duty-bound to remain with endangered troops.] Possible course of fighting considered; local Moslem militia mentioned siding with Arafat.
REPORTER: Keith Miller

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Palmer

(DC) Reagan administration's confusion over dealing with Arafat's situation and possibility of military alliance with Israel discussed; Secretary of State George Shultz and aide Lawrence Eagleburger mentioned lobbying for new US approach in Mideast. Details outlined; proposed plan for region thought designed as message to USSR -backed Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairperson General John Vessey and CIA director William Casey thought opposing plan due to its confrontational characteristics; bombing of Marine compound in Beirut mentioned. Pol. maneuver in United States possibly saving Arafat explained include involving him in negotiations with Jordan's King Hussein on West Bank autonomy issue.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Kalb, Marvin;
Miller, Keith;
Palmer, John

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