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Middle East / Arafat's Press Conference / Shultz Stmt. #560217

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 14, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Secretary of State George Shultz reported planning to announce that United States will open diplomacy dialogue with PLO. [President-elect George BUSH - wants PLO leader Yasir Arafat to clarify his remarks with regard to terrorism and Israeli statehood issue.] Arafat noted responding to Bush by holding press conference in Geneva, Switzerland. [ARAFAT - responds to Bush's demands.] Shultz's announcement noted to be made during broadcast

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: John Dancy) Impact of expected announcement discussed. [Live from State Department, SHULTZ - opens diplomacy dialogue with PLO; asserts US' objectives for peace in Mideast; does not recognize indep. Palestinian state; comments on terrorism issue; mentions Henry Kissinger.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; Geneva, Switzerland: Rick Davis) Arafat's clarification of terrorism and Israeli statehood issues discussed. Arafat's enemies within PLO noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israel's statement with regard to Shultz's announcement quoted on screen. Israel noted considering PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and Arafat terrorists.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) [In DC, Israeli embassy official Oded ERAN - comments on Arafat's announcement and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) policy.] Impt. of situation noted.

Brokaw, Tom

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