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Zaire Conflict #53919

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 19, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. fighting in Zaire and efforts of French and Belgian troops to rescue Europeans in area and to secure Kolwezi airport noted. United States cargo planes' landing in Kamina, bringing fuel and supplies for rescue operation, reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Kolwezi Airport, Zaire) Details given about situation in Shaba prov. where Katangese rebels are fighting for control of mineral-rich area. Efforts of French For. Legion and Belgian troops to rescue Europeans in area and reported massacres of some Europeans by rebels outlined. President Mobutu's flight from Kinshasa to Kolwezi airport earlier in week mentioned.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

(DC) President Carter's authorization for United States cargo planes and flight personnel to take part in support of Zaire rescue operation, but without going into combat area, outlined. Planned supply flights from Belgium to Kinshasa and on to Kamina and also from Corsica to unidentified airport stated. Carter's apparent efforts to assure that no Vietnam-like situation develops for United States in Zaire and government concern about growing USSR and Cuban presence in Africa examined.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Cuban President Fidel Castro's denial on Thursday that Cuban troops are directly or indirectly involved in Zaire and similar statements by State Department reported Department spokesperson Tom Reston's remarks today that Cubans are involved in training Katangese rebels noted. Possibilities for United States policy toward Africa examined.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Donaldson, Sam;
Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry;
Tuckner, Howard

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