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Lebanon / Beirut Fighting, PLO Evacuation, Terrorism #82059

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 11, 1983
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(Studio) Continued fighting in Lebanon today reported Israel said refusing to respond to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat's concern over safety of his and loyalist troops' scheduled departure from Tripoli in coming days.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(DC) [Courtesy CBS "Face the Nation", Israeli ambassador Yehuda BLUM - considers terrorist organization's use of United Nations flag preposterous and inconceivable.] Possibility that schism in PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) will make it easier for Jordan's King Hussein to enter negotiations with Israel considered. [Courtesy "This Week", HUSSEIN - will continue to do business with PLO; claims he needs Palestinian, Arab support; notes lack of indication that Israel is willing to change its policies; feels he's being asked to do the impossible.] Increased security measures at State Department and White House due to terrorism in Mideast noted. [Deputy Secretary of State Ken. DAM - feels precautions are warranted due to information received.] Dam said denying rumors that President Reagan will bring troops home from Lebanon by July regardless of situation. United States envoy Don. Rumsfeld mentioned en route to Syria to negotiate its withdrawal from Lebanon.
REPORTER: Anne Garrels

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Tripoli, Lebanon) Arafat aide Abu Hajim's preparations here for departure of loyalist PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) troops noted. [HAJIM - doesn't know when Arafat will leave.] Israel's ejection of Arafat from Beirut 15 mos. ago and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson's problems with rebellion among troops recalled; Syrian President Hafez al-Assad noted supporting PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) dissidents when Arafat consulted with King Hussein on Israeli proposal. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) in-fighting here since then reviewed; Arafat's supporters, on West Bank and Gaza, thought encouraging him to negotiate with Hussein.
REPORTER: Charles Glass

Donaldson, Sam;
Garrels, Anne;
Glass, Charles

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