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Zaire Conflict / United States and USSR Involvement #54191

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 01, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. United States involvement in Zaire, despite slowdown in war there, noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Studio) President Carter's statements in Chicago that United States had completed its part of rescue mission staged by French and Belgium troops in Zaire recalled; report on information learned that United States is undertaking new mission in Africa and admin.'s continued verbal battle with USSR about recent Africa developments.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Admin. announcement of plans for United States cargo planes to fly out French paratroopers in Shaba prov. and fly in African force to take their place detailed. Is noted that Morocco supplies some troops. Senior White House official's statement that USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko made false statement about Zaire to President Carter during their meeting last week reported Gromyko's remark quoted, with regard to initial Moscow knowledge of Zaire invasion when President Mobutu told Soviet diplomat.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Past accusations against Gromyko for allegedly not telling whole truth noted; situation with John F. Kennedy prior to Cuban missile crisis detailed. Reporter John Scali's information stated that administration has new intelligence with regard to USSR involvement with rebels few weeks before Zaire invasion.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Donaldson, Sam;
Reasoner, Harry;
Reynolds, Frank

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