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Central America / US, USSR Military Build-Up #534145

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Oct 27, 1984
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(Studio) United States and USSR reported both building up military presence in Central America while Salvadoran government said rejecting request by guerrillas to consider cease-fire plan.
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(DC) President Jose Napoleon Duarte's rejection of guerrillas' peace overtures during his recent meeting with rebel leaders in La Palma examined; films shown. Apparent role of defense minister General Carlos Vides Casanova in rejecting guerrilla request to consider plan noted. Nicaragua's military build-up described, illustrated on map; similar United States plans for increase its military profile in region considered. Honduras' latest economy and military aid request of United States outlined. [Senator James SASSER - fears too great an emphasis on military solutions to area's problems.] Senate Appropriations Committee members reported calling for investigation into United States economy and military commitments in Central America.
REPORTER: Robin Lloyd

(San Salvador, El Salvador) Possible relationship between incrd. competence of Salvadoran army and guerrillas' call for cease-fire considered; films shown. [DUARTE - denies rebels sought cease-fire during La Palma talks.] Guerrillas claims of responsibility for downing of Colonel Domingo Monterrosa's helicopter and government's allegations that incident was accident recalled. Monterrosa's importance in war described. Popular Liberation Front reported claiming responsibility for shooting Raul Melendez Aquino, head of security guards at United States embassy.
REPORTER: Rick Davis

Reporter(s):
Chung, Connie;
Davis, Rick;
Lloyd, Robin
Duration:
00:04:30

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