ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 12, 1978
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(Studio) Arrival of Romania's President Nicolae Ceausescu in Washington, DC and 1st meeting with President Carter reported Romania's domestic policies along USSR lines, but for. policy difference noted. Ceausescu's role in making possible Henry Kissinger's 1st trip to China (PR), which led to Richard Nixon's visit there, and also his present role as intermediary in Mideast peace talks between Egypt and Israel, beginning with President Sadat's visit to Israel, detailed. Ceausescu's mtgs. with Prime Min. Began, Sadat and Israeli foreign min. Dayan noted. Films shown. President Carter's welcome of Ceausescu to DC described. Rumanian President's 1st United States television interview shown. Anchor asks about apparent Mideast impasse. [CEAUSESCU - (thru translator) thinks impasse is due to Israel's delay in giving adequate answer to peace initiative.] Ceausescu's call for declaration of principles in peace talks and work toward international conf., include representatives of US, USSR and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in ranks, cited. [CEAUSESCU - says both Sadat and Dayan have said international meeting must be considered as way to bring comprehensive settlement.] Other statements by Rumanian president reported, on subjects of United States withdrawal from South Korea and reunification of North and South Korea, Romania's record of human rights, plans for 1980 European security conference and failure of recent Belgrade Conf. and Romania's degree of independence from USSR . [CEAUSESCU - discusses Romania's relations with Sovs. and cntry.'s independence from USSR . Says Romania's problems are handled by her people.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
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