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    SV United States President, Jimmy Carter, speaking in English (5 shots)

    CARTER: "I sent a message today to the United States Committee spelling out my own position -- that unless the Soviets withdraw their troops within a month from Afghanistan, that the Olympic Game be moved from Moscow to an alternate site, or multiple sites or cancelled If the Soviets do not withdraw their troops immediately from Afghanistan within a month, I would not support the sending of an American team to the Olympics. It's very important for the world to realise how serious a threat the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan is. I do not want to inject politics into the Olympics and I would personally favour the establishment of a permanent Olympic site for both the summer and winter games. In my personal opinion the most appropriate permanent site for the summer games would be Greece. This will be my own position and I have asked the U.S. Olympics Committee to take this position to the International Olympics Committee and I would hope that as many nations as possible would support this basic position -- regardless of what other nations might do. I would not favour the sending of an American Olympic team to Moscow while the Soviet invasion troops are in Afghanistan. As I said earlier, Mr. Ryan, this in my opinion is the ... most serious threat to world peace since the Second World War. It's an unprecedented act on the part of the Soviet Union. It's the first time they have attacked a nation that was not already under their domination -- that is a part of the Warsaw act... neighbourhood. They have used surrogate forces -- the Cubans -- to participate in other countries like Angola, or Ethiopia. This is a threat to a vital area of the world. It's a threat to an area of the world where the interest of our country and those interests of our allies are deeply imbedded. I can't predict the early end of that situation. The concern that I feel about the hostages today is just as great as it was a month ago ... or two months ago. I don't know when the hostages will be released but we will maintain our intense interest in them, we will maintain our commitment to every possible avenue to carry out the policies I've just described to you and we will maintain as best we can the full support of the rest of the world. And that concerted pressure from many sources including the recent sanctions that we have initiated against Iran, I believe and I hope and I pray will result in the safe release of our hostages -- I can't predict exactly when.

    Initials BB/


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