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Nicaragua-Honduras / United States Airlift #663083

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Honduran President Jose Azcona Hoyo quoted with regard to further retaliation against Nicaraguan offensive. United States military noted planning to transport Hondurans via helicopters to border. Operation illustration; United States involvement's escalation discussed. Report introduced.

(Tegucigalpa, Honduras: George Lewis) United States paratroopers shown landing in La Paz, Honduras. Troops being called to possibly transport Honduran troops to border discussed. [AZCONA - (thru translator) comments on operation.] Reagan administration critics noted claiming asked Honduras to allow United States military presence. [US ambassador Everett BRIGGS - says United States was asked to help.] [Honduran army COL. - (thru translator) welcomes troops.] Similar United States transportation in '86 recalled; United States troops noted not entering combat zone.

(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(Managua, Nicaragua: Noah Nelson) Honduran planes shown dropping bombs on Nicaraguan army border camp. [Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio RAMIREZ - blames US for attack.] At United Nations Sec. Council, Nicaraguan government reported accusing United States of deliberately laying foundation for attack on Nicaragua. Nicaraguan government reported asserting won't launch counterattack against Honduras. Most Nicaraguan citizens noted unconcerned with regard to situation. [PEOPLE - comment on economy crisis being more feared than invasion.] Nicaraguan opposition leaders reported claiming Sandinistas replacing citizens' economy fears with war concerns. [Opposition party leader Ramiro GURDIAN - comments on government tactic.] Nicaraguans shown carrying food.

(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(DC: Fred Francis) United States intelligence sources reported asserting aim behind Sandinista military offensive was to capture and kill Contra colonel Enrique Bermudez; details given, scenes shown. Sandinistas noted also desiring to seize Contra base camps and cripple operations. Sandinistas noted failing. Sandinista offensive discussed; geography of region illustration Sandinitas noted blocking rivers, Contra transportation rtes. Impact of Sandinista achievement discussed. Sandinista offensives in '86 recalled; reactions of Honduran government noted. Reagan administration critics in Congress reported believing President exaggerated situation to suit political needs.

(Studio: Connie Chung) New Contra package reported being proposed by bipartisan group of Senators; package detailed. Protests to United States military presence in Honduras featured. Report introduced.

(San Francisco, California: Roger O'Neil) Protest featured in San Francisco; details given, scenes shown. [Spectator Michael JOHNSTONE - comments on peaceful demonstration.] [MAN - says what Reagan's doing is wrong.] Protests shown from various cities across country "Denver Post", "Boston Globe" and "Washington Post "editorials quoted. [Atlanta, Georgia, radio BDCSTR. - comments on situation.] [Los Angeles, California, radio CALLER - says supports US

Chung, Connie;
Francis, Fred;
Lewis, George;
Nelson, Noah;
O'Neil, Roger

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