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Lebanon / Troop Withdrawal Agreement #84311

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 17, 1983
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(Studio) Israel and Lebanon reported signing troop withdrawal agreement proposed by United States; Syria's continuing opposition to accords noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Troop withdrawal agreement, in reality a peace treaty, noted politically significant for Israel; Syria, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and some Lebanese noted continuing objection to agreement.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Moslem opposition here to accords discussed; films shown. Shi'ite demonstration and police reaction examined. Extent of support here for Ayatollah Khomeini noted.
REPORTER: Mike McCourt

(Studio) No. unconfirmed deaths from clash between police and Moslem protesters mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Israel) Signing ceremony here examined; films shown. Issue of Israel's security in south Lebanon and United States role in agreement discussed. [United States negotiator Morris DRAPER - praises Israeli and Lebanese commitment to peace.] Remarks of Lebanese negotiator Antoine Fattal outlined. [Israeli delegate David KIMCHE - calls for withdrawal of terrorists and Syrian forces.] Israeli defense minister Moshe Arens' warning of partial pullback of troops if Syria remains noted.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Syria's reaction to agreement, include closing of roads in Lebanon controlled by Syria, examined; possibility of Saudi Arabian support for Lebanon and political implications for Syria mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) President Reagan's praise of today's signing and return to region of United States envoy Philip Habib this week noted. President news conference tonight and upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Brinkley, David;
Jennings, Peter;
McCourt, Mike;
Seamans, Bill

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