ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 10, 1983
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(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) military build-up in Lebanon with aid of Syria reported.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Efforts of United States government to downplay threat of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and Syrian military build-up in Lebanon discussed. [Pentagon spokesperson Henry CATTO, State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - contradict each other on issue.] Apparent diplomatic basis of administration confusion explained. Israel's impact on Syrian army and air force last year recalled.
REPORTER: John McWethy
(Studio) Lebanon state radio claim that Syria had fired on Israeli reconnaissance plane and Israel's denial noted. Syria's criticism of Lebanese-Israeli troop withdrawal agreement recalled. Israel's perception of USSR evacuation of its dependents from Lebanon yesterday and Soviet response mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Moscow, USSR ) Tass said accusing Israel of preparing for war in Lebanon; details given. Organization's attack on Secretary of State George Shultz's peace efforts mentioned. Installation of USSR missiles in Damascus recalled.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick
(Studio) Extent of USSR influence in Mideast considered.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Paris, France) Secretary of State George Shultz reported accusing USSR of encouraging Syrians not to withdraw from Lebanon, prolonging chaos in region. [SHULTZ - comments on Tass article attacking Israeli-Lebanese agreement.] Pol. implications of future Syrian-Israeli war for Moscow considered.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
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