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US-USSR and Cuba Relations / NATO Meeting / United Nations Conference / Africa #54082

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 30, 1978
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(Studio) Incrd. tension between United States and USSR over Africa situation, both at UN disarmament conference and at NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting in Washington, DC noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) Signs of President Carter's response to Soviet and Cuban presence in Africa reported Announcement by United States and some NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies about Paris summit next week to discuss African security stated. Carter's speech to opening NATO session outlined.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) Details given about NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) meeting at Kennedy Center. [CARTER - says USSR and other Warsaw Pact ntns. pose threat to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) that exceeds their security needs; notes steady military buildup of Sovs. Discusses intervention of USSR and Cuba in Africa; welcomes efforts of individual NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) allies to work for peace in Africa and help ntns. in need, most recently in Zaire.] Other details of growing tension in US-USSR relations given.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) Mtg. on E.-W. relations of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders, held at State Department, reported; details given, include expressions of concern by some leaders about Soviet intervention in Africa. [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Secretary General Joseph LUNS - thinks all allies are happy with Carter's speech.] Upcoming meeting among NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) representatives in Paris outlined; to be attended by US, British, French, Belgians and West Germans, purpose reported to be exploration of steps allies might take cooperatively in event of another invasion of Zaire or similar situation in another African country Suggestion of all-Africa force noted. [State Department spokesperson Hodding CARTER - states United States willingness to participate in limited way in support of all-Africa force.] Examination of United States moves and those of NATO with regard to Soviet intervention in Africa given.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Chgs. by President Carter and national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski that Cuba was involved at least in training of rebel invaders of Zaire and statement that there is evidence of this reported Cuba's continued denials of this stated.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(NYC) Address to United Nations disarmament conference by Cuba Vice President Carlos Rafael Rodriguez, in which he comments on Cuban presence in Africa and responds to United States chgs. that Cuba was involved in invasion of Zaire's Shaba prov., outlined. Is noted that Cuban Vice President is 3rd most powerful man in cntry., after Fidel and Raoul Castro. [RODRIGUEZ - (thru interpreter) denies direct or indirect Cuban involvement in Shaba prov. invasion.] Rodriguez' other comments on Carter's policy compared to language used in Cold War. Interview with Rodriguez reported.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi

(Studio) Castro's orders to Rodriguez to remain silent while in United States and change in them after chgs. continued to be published noted. Rodriguez' comments during interview, on noninvolvement of Cuba with Katangan rebels; on President Carter's position and that of Castro; on possibility of peace in Africa with US, Cuba and USSR economy cooperation; on security adviser Brzezinski, outlined. Interview shown. [RODRIGUEZ - isn't his intention to call President Carter liar, but believes United States President is recing. false info. from CIA and other agencies about events in Africa, not just in Shaba. Reminds American public about Gulf of Tonkin and Bay of Pigs incidents. Won't say President is lying, but that others give him false information about these problems.] Anchor asks if Rodriguez believes Brzezinski knows info. given Carter is false. [RODRIGUEZ - believes Brzezinski tells false things for sake of policy. Doesn't doubt Carter's honesty, but his ability to judge information he's recing.] Anchor asks about effects on Cuba if United States got allies to cut off aid to Cuba. [RODRIGUEZ - says it would damage Cuban economy, but country would survive and blame would be on United States for development of more dangerous situation. Says Cuba's survival in such event would show other small ntns. way out of underdevelopment Describes feelings about state of Cuba-American relations]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Cioffi, Lou;
Donaldson, Sam;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jarriel, Tom;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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