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Mideast Developments / Ceausescu United States Visit #53373

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 11, 1978
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(Studio) Beginning of Israeli withdrawal from sections of occupied south Lebanon reported; area is handed over to United Nations peacekeeping forces.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Rashiyah al Foukhar, Lebanon) Details of Israeli pullback in what was formerly heart of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) stronghold in south Lebanon given; future planned withdrawals outlined. Israeli view of United Nations forces' duty as that of keeping PLO out of area stated; United Nations force commander is General Emmanuel Erskine, from Ghana. Erskine is asked if he interprets mission in same way Israelis do. [ERSKINE - states mission of United Nations forces.] General's later comments, upon leaving village of Rashiyah al Foukhar reported [ERSKINE - notes slow response from world govts. in sending troops to aid in peacekeeping efforts. Cites refusal of Mexico and Bolivia to send troops.] Israeli plan to continue occupation of area until they are satisfied that United Nations can keep PLO out cited.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Arrival of key mediator in Mideast talks, Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, in Washington, DC for talks with President Carter noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Seamans, Bill

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