CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 1977
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(London, England) Economic conference to be test for President Carter & also debut of sorts for Prime Minister Callaghan's surprise choice for foreign secretary, David Owen, to succeed late Anthony Crosland. Owen is youngest to hold position since Anthony Eden, before WW II. Owen's background noted; is married to American from Long Island, New York. (Interview shown.) Anchor asks what is expected from economic conference. [OWEN - doesn't expect concrete proposals, but does expect leaders will have greater understanding of each other, other nations, & world.] Anchor asks if he is seriously concerned with Soviet military buildup. [OWEN - says yes. Is hard to understand why it is happening; does not believe it is to be major threat to posterity.] Is asked regarding Rhodesia issue & possible reconvening of Geneva conference [OWEN - does not want Geneva-style conference again. Talks of needs he sees before such conference attempted. Has said he wants to see majority rule in Rhodesia in 1978, but not restricted to specific time.] Anchor asks if rest of world should be reacting to South Africa's racial policies. [OWEN - says yes; cites South Africa Prime Minister John Vorster's view that black Africans fundamentally different from whites. Feels this is erroneous & that South Africa government must be made to see racial policies must change if it is to live in international world.] Is asked for view of Carter administration. [OWEN - says administration is determined to make changes & has made some. Enjoys working with Carter; cites views of President.] REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
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