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    Signor Aldo Moro, former Prime Minister of Italy, was reported dead today after being kidnapped on March 16.

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    GV: 1976 Aldo Moro inspects guard and enters Quirinale Palace.

    INTERIOR: Greeted by Signor Leone.

    GV: 1974 Moro announces he will form government, as guard salutes, and newsmen look on. (4 SHOTS)

    GV: 1971 Moro and Kirchschlaeger meet to sign agreement on South Tyrol. (3 SHOTS)

    GV: 1977 Moro meets with Communist leaders. (3 SHOTS)

    GV: 1976 Christian Democrats elect Moro President at party headquarters. (5 SHOTS)

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    Background: Signor Aldo Moro, former Prime Minister of Italy, was reported dead today after being kidnapped on March 16. A letter from the Red Brigade gang led police to search for his body in a lake outside Rome today.

    SYNOPSIS: The courtyard of the Quirinale Palace - home of Italian Presidents - was a familiar sight for Aldo Moro. He was called to the palace and asked to form governments five times in the fifteen years between 1963 and 1978. As Prime Minister and leader of the majority Christian Democrat party, Moro was widely regarded as the most capable politician and statesman to come out of Italian politics since World War Two.

    Aldo Moro was 61-years-old. He entered the Italian parliament after the war and held a succession of cabinet posts before being called on to form his won administration, in 1963. A champion of co-operation with the Left he was the first Prime Minister in Italy to preside over a coalition which included Socialists.

    In the mid-60's Moro was also Italy's Foreign Minister While in that office, he concluded an agreement with Austria over the autonomy of the long-disputed South Tyrol region and re-affirmed Italy's support for NATO.

    But it was as a master of Italy labrynthine internal politics that Moro made his real contribution. For whenever the conflict of fractional ideologies was at its worst, Moro could usually be relied upon to find a way out. His dialogue with the Communists last year was a significant breakthrough which was intended to open the way for Communist participation in government - something which hard-line Christian Democrats and had never before contemplated. Moro himself would probably have gone on to become President of Italy and was widely tipped for that office in succession to President Leone. But the irony of his death at the hands of the Red Brigade for so-called crimes against the proletariat, is that these ultra-Left forces killed the one true leader in Italy who saw clearly that co-operation with the Left was the best way to political stability. And Italy has lost a great unifying force - a leader whose country can ill afford his death.

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