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Grenada / United States Invasion #81359

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 25, 1983
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(Studio) Secretary of State George Shultz's claim that United States invasion of Grenada was not meant as political message to Cuba or USSR noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) International diplomatic significance of invasion due to United States engaging in combat with Cuban defenders and taking USSR advisers prisoners discussed. [SHULTZ - denies invasion was message for Cuba, USSR or Nicaragua.] US concern over recent assassination of Prime Min. Maurice Bishop noted; Tass denunciation of invasion quoted. [Institution on United States of America and Canada spokesperson Georgi ARBATOV - feels invasion is dangerous political development] Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher's opposition to invasion noted. [In Parliament, voice of THATCHER - announces Britain's formal position.] Britain's concern said based on Grenadian constitution which places British governor-general, Paul Scoon, at head of state; international implications for United States of Britain's lack of support considered.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Cuban TV's coverage of invasion outlined; films shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Capitol Hill reaction to invasion examined; efforts to mollify opponents by Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, Joint Chiefs chairperson General John W. Vessey, Junior, and Secretary of State George Shultz noted. [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - believes unified front should be present for now.] [Senator Dan. MOYNIHAN - considers invasion an act of war, possibly violating United Nations charter as well as Organization of American States charter.] [Senator Paul TSONGAS, Christopher DODD, Representative Edward MARKEY - consider invasion gunboat diplomacy, unjustified.] [Senator Malcolm WALLOP - implies disagreement.] Issue of President Reagan's letter to Congress which doesn't acknowledge application of War Powers Act in invasion discussed; questions arising from United States overthrow of unfriendly government outlined.

(Studio) Admin. noted using safety of United States medical students in Grenada as pretext for invasion.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) No. of American students at Saint George's Medical School noted. [Voice of medical student Mark BARATELLA - describes invasion on campus; notes only wounded United States troops and Grenadian civilians are given medical treatment.] [Chancellor Charles MODICA - notes Grenadian government had made arrangements for peaceful evacuation of students; questions necessity of invasion.] [Dr. Peter BOURNE - believes medical school was protected by government, students were safe; claims lack of justification for US takeover.] [Father of student, Stanley RASCH - supports invasion.] [Voice of BARATELLA - assures parents of his safety.]
REPORTER: Stone Phillips

(Studio) Upcoming item announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Phillips, Stone

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