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Mideast #71714

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 20, 1981
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(Studio) Mideast called diplomat's nightmare. Hafez al-Assad's no-compromise stance reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Damascus, Syria) Assad charge that missiles are in Lebanon due to Israeli aggression reported [ASSAD - (thru interpreter) refers to Israeli attack planes.] United States role noted; said justifying USSR role. Re: Philip Habib [ASSAD - (thru interpreter) says Habib presents Israeli demands.] Situation assessed.
REPORTER: Mike McCourt

(Studio) Hopeful signs noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Israel) Habib reaction noted. [Menahem BEGIN - calls Assad extremist, but says Habib to continue negotiating. Rules out limitation of Israeli observation flights over Lebanon.] PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) role noted. Further dvts. anticipated.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Israel and Syria reported in agreement with regard to peacekeeping force on Golan Heights
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
McCourt, Mike;
Seamans, Bill

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