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Iraq-US Relations / Azores Summit / Middle East / U.N. Diplomacy / Military Moves / Kurds #723935

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 14, 2003
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) A summit meeting to be held in the Azores between President Bush and his British & Spanish counterparts as diplomatic efforts to resolve the Iraq crisis appear to be exhausted reported.

(White House: David Gregory) The view that the Azores summit and the administration’s effort to work toward Middle East peace is an attempt to win support for a war featured; details given about Bush’s “road map” to peace. [White House press secretary Ari FLEISCHER – says the summit shows the president’s determination to go the last mile.] [BUSH – says the time has come to take concrete actions to achieve peace.] [British Prime Minister Tony BLAIR – comments.] [Middle East expert Shibley TELHAMI†- says he doubts that Arab/Israeli peacemaking will be a priority of the administration after the war.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Vice President Dick Cheney’s appearance on “Meet the Press” to make the case for ending the diplomatic phase with Iraq noted.

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) The end of efforts to deal with Iraq through diplomacy at the U.N. featured; details given about a compromise resolution offered by Chile; scenes shown of Greenpeace anti-war protestors boating past the Kremlin. [Russian U.N. ambassador Sergey LAVROV†- says the US & Britain have not included Russia in recent talks.] [National Security Advisor Condoleezza RICE – says it is time for the Security Council to resolve this.] [Russian deputy foreign minister Yuri FEDOROV†- says we will not allow an ultimatum resolution opening the door to military action.] [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN – says he still has hope.] [Foreign policy expert Michael O’HANLON†- says a vote that falls against US interests will make us look illegitimate.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Northern Kuwait: David Bloom) The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, the only American tank brigade in the Persian Gulf, profiled; animated diagram shown of Iraq’s defenses along its border with Kuwait; night scenes shown of soldiers training with Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles. [Army reservist/bridge builder SFC Jim GILLETTE††- comments on the rivers lying between Kuwait & Baghdad.] [Sgt. Michael SHIRLEY††- comments.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Kuwait: Brian Williams) The expectations and worries of the Army’s 5th Corps as they move into Iraq featured; scenes shown from Camp Virginia in the Kuwaiti desert. [US Army Gen. James “Spider” MARKS†- says he is concerned about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction; talks about the movement of Iraqi forces; speculates on how Saddam will die.] [Army 5th Corps Gen. William WALLACE††- says the troops are concerned about having to put on their gas masks.] [US Army Lt. Col. George GECZY†- talks to his troops about going into Iraq.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Northern Iraq: Fred Francis) Preparations by Kurdish troops in northern Iraq to fight as US allies featured; details given about the Kurds’ dream of re-taking the city of Kirkuk after being forced out by Saddam and of the Turkish demand for the Kurds to stay out of the fight; scenes shown of Kurds training. [Patriotic Union of Kurdistan Dr. Barham SALIH†- says he cannot imagine a peaceful Iraq without restitution for the people of Kirkuk and reversal of ethnic cleansing.]

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix’s statement to MTV that he is more concerned about the US stance on global warming than about war in Iraq noted. More coverage of the Iraq crisis on mentioned.

Brokaw, Tom;
Gregory, David;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Bloom, David;
Williams, Brian;
Francis, Fred

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