NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 26, 1986
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Some Defense Department officials reported skeptical at administration's description of alleged Nicaraguan invasion of Honduras; Nicaragua noted denying report
(DC: Jim Miklaszewski) White House version of border incident outlined, illustrated on map. Both Pentagon and Honduras said disputing administration's claims as exaggeration; details given. Press spokesperson Larry Speakes quoted on screen. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - dismisses relevance of size of battle.] [Senators Christopher DODD, Dave DURENBERGER - disagree.] Former ambassador Robert White mentioned citing lack of proof to substantiate administration's claims. (Temporary network technical difficulties.)
(Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Robin Lloyd) United States military's role in conflict examined; scenes shown. General atmosphere here, include President's absence on vacation, described. Honduras said confirming Nicaraguan attack only after yesterday's visit from United States General John Galvin. [Opposition political Efrain DIAZ - thinks Honduran government's handling of situation is meant to place responsibility for Central American unrest on US.] Another possible motive behind Honduras' reticence considered.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced
(Managua, Nicaragua: Dennis Murphy) Nicaragua's continued denial of incursion noted.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw, Dennis Murphy) Possibility of fact-finding commission's investigation of skirmish discussed.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Amt. of United States military aid sent Honduras recently mentioned. Senator Robert Dole's assessment of border conflict's impact on President Reagan's effort to win Senator approval of military aid for Nicaraguan guerrillas noted.
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