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Middle East / Arafat's United Nations Address #560200

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 13, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's address to United Nations in Geneva reported; Secretary of State George Shultz recalled denying Arafat visa. [ARAFAT - (thru translator) urges Israel to support his peace plan and comments on terrorism.] Ambassador Vernon Walters shown listening to speech. PLO's peace initiative outlined on screen. Arafat's comments with regard to Israel's right to statehood analyzed. [ARAFAT - denies that United States State Department read speech prior to his delivery of it.] Report introduced.

(DC: John Dancy) Reagan administration's reaction to speech featured. Shultz noted calling Israeli ambassador and indicating that if Arafat met US' conds., dipl. dialogue would commence with PLO; conds. listed on screen. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - says Arafat must recognize right of Israel to exist.] Arafat's rhetoric with regard to Israeli statehood noted vague. [President-elect George BUSH - says statement must be clear.] State Department spokesperson quoted with regard to speech.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: John Dancy) Arafat's failure to meet US' conds. discussed.

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John
Duration:
00:06:10

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