This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Decision by United States to begin talking with PLO announced; details given of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's United Nations speech and news conf. in Geneva, Switzerland. Report introduced.
(Geneva, Switzerland: Barrie Dunsmore) Clarification by Arafat of PLO position on Israel's right to exist reported; scenes shown. [At press conf., ARAFAT - reads speech on Israel and Palestine's right to exist; (thru translator) says statement is entirely clear.] [At United Nations General Assembly, United States ambassador Vernon WALTERS - says United States is tired of this conflict.] Walters' stmts. to both Palestinians and Israelis outlined on screen. Issue of conds. for US- PLO dialogue reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Briefing by Secretary of State George Shultz anticipated; press room shown. History of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reviewed. [Reading statement, SHULTZ - says PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) has accepted United Nations resolutions 242 and 338, thus accepting Israel's right to exist and renouncing terrorism; says United States ambassador to Tunisia is authorized to open PLO-US dialogue; outlines United States position on status of West Bank and Gaza; says United States does not recognize independent Palestinian state.] [While answering questions, SHULTZ - comments on conds. for United States dialogue with PLO, Palestinian situation, Israel.] United States ambassador to Tunisia, Robert Pelletreau, named.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Responses of Israel and Palestinians reported [Israeli ambassador to United States Moshe ARAD - expresses disappointment with United States decision to establish contact with PLO; discusses Israel's relations with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and US; explains Israeli position on PLO.] Arafat's stmts. reviewed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; DC: John McWethy) Discussion of Arafat's clarification of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) position held; details given of changes in Arafat's wording from yesterday to today. Conds. of US-PLO dialogue enumerated, include issues of terrorism, West Bank and Gaza.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Israeli reaction to stmts. by Arafat and Shultz discussed.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Conds. in earthquake-stricken Armenia, USSR , reported Report introduced.
(Kirovakan, Armenia, USSR : Don Kladstrup) Devastation in Spitak, Armenia, featured; scenes shown of rubble and mtns. of coffins. Efforts of American doctors to help to treat survivors detailed; injury of "crush syndrome" explained. [US medical team spokesperson Dr. Gale ANDERSON - discusses equipment problems.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Jim Wooten) Announcement by President-elect George Bush of appointed of US trade representative Clayton Yeutter as Secretary of Agriculture reported [BUSH - says face is familiar, but job is different.] [YEUTTER - comments on appointed] Holdovers from President Reagan administration reviewed. [BUSH - says there will be new faces in cabinet.] Issue of likely naming of John Tower as Secretary of Defense noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Trade deficit figs. given. Stk. Mkt. Report
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death of ex-sen. Stuart Symington reported
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Update on story on children who formed group called Wilderness Scouts of American given. Report introduced.
(Blairsville, Georgia: Al Dale) Dispute over name of Wilderness Scouts of American featured; details given of threatened lawsuit by Boy Scouts of American and of public's response to Wilderness Scouts' problem. [Founder Harold CORNWELL - reads letters.] Casino owner Don. Trump reported donating bus to scouts; scenes shown of bus arriving in Blairsville. [Cape May Cnty., New Jersey, sheriff Jim PLOUSIS - praises these young people.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Review of top story on United States agreement to open dialogue with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) given. [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says United States will open dialogue with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) representatives through United States ambassador to Tunisia.] Effect of United States statement on Palestinians, Israel and all of Middle East outlined.
(Studio: Peter Jennings; Geneva, Switzerland: Barrie Dunsmore) Response of Palestinians to United States position statement discussed.