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Libya-US Relations / Sudan Crisis #528654

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 19, 1983
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(Studio) Libyan leader Colonel Muammar el-Kadhafi said apparently backing off threats of war against US; his denial of planning overthrow of Sudan noted. Libya reported claiming that military buildup along border with Sudan is actually by Egyptians. [KADHAFI - invites United Nations observers to check border activity; is prepared to meet aggression by anyone.]
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Tripoli, Libya) Libya's claim that United States and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak continue to threat nation examined; films shown. [KADHAFI - describes alleged United States military activity off coast.] His claim that Egypt is conducting military buildup along border and concern over presence in region of United States AWACS discussed. [KADHAFI - is prepared to fight.]
REPORTER: James Compton

(Studio) Mubarak said meeting Sudanese President Mohammed Gaafar el Nimeiry next week
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Cairo, Egypt) Mubarak's assessment of current crisis discussed; films shown. Egyptian displeasure over United States military approach to problem noted; United States army General Robert Kingston, head of rapid deployment force, mentioned meeting with Egyptian mil. officers
REPORTER: Paul Miller

(Studio) United States perception of Libyan situation explained.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) White House said aware of Libyan-backed plot against Sudan last week; motive behind President Reagan's downplaying of AWACS incident during Wednesday news conf. explained. Assistant secretary state for African affairs Chester Crocker, in Johns Hopkins Univ. publication, noted discussing Kadhafi's role in fomenting unrest in sub-Sahara Africa; details given. Pol. problems currently present in several African ntns. listed.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Upcoming item announced.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Compton, James;
Francis, Fred;
Miller, Paul;
Savitch, Jessica

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