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NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 23, 1991
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(Studio: John Cochran) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Bob Abernethy) Outbreak of civil war in republic of Georgia over the status of recently elected President Zviad Gamsakhurdia featured; scenes shown of actual fighting in Georgia and in Nagorno- Karabakh, Azerbaijan, an area in dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan. [USA-Canada Institution Andrei KORTUNOV - talks about local-level conflicts and the danger of a nuclear accident.] Meeting of Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev to talk about control of nuclear weapons noted; details given of the deterioration of the armed forces due to lack of central leadership.

(Studio: John Cochran) Report introduced.

(State Department: John Dancy) Implications of developments in the Soviet Union for the United States examined; scenes shown from Georgia. [On December 12, Secretary of State James BAKER - talks about "darker political forces."] [State Department spokesman Joe SNYDER - gives US view on Gamsakhurdia.] President Bush said expected to recognize Russian President Boris Yeltsin's republic. CIA director Robert Gates noted beginning reassessment of United States intelligence needs due to events in Soviet union. [Senator John GLENN - suggests expansion of the CIA intelligence net.]

Abernethy, Bob;
Cochran, John;
Dancy, John

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