June 18, 1981 – On The Road With Philip Habib – Marcos Gets A Nod From Washington – A Little Matter Of Air-Traffic Controllers
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June 18, 1981 – CBS World News Roundup – 8 am news – 9 am news – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
June 18, 1981 – A busy day for Middle-East Diplomacy and Special Envoy Philip Habib. President Reagan recalled to Washington his special Middle East envoy, Philip Habib, for consultations about the continuing crisis between Israel and Syria. Habib himself said he was convinced, after three weeks of shuttling between various capitals in the region, that neither side wanted to go to war. The President praised Habib’s peace mission as “a tremendously successful, almost miraculous thing” that had succeeded in staving off a military conflict even if no acceptable formula for a resolution had yet been worked out. Habib announced that he would resume his negotiations in the Middle East this week. Said he: “Nobody seems to want to have this thing get completely out of hand. It was also clear to me that the leaders were prepared to listen to us and were prepared to have us play the role of peacemaker.” Habib was on his way to Saudi Arabia after meeting with Israels Menachem Begin. And so went Shuttle Diplomacy.
Meanwhile – Secretary of State Alexander Haig was in Manila to congratulation Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos on his re-election. Although many doubted the election was legitimate and Marcos was a thorn in Washington’s side, he was still a crucial element in our presence in the Far East.
And eyes were nervously glancing over at negotiations between the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization and the Federal Aviation Administration. Citing safety concerns, PATCO called for a reduced 32-hour work week, a $10,000 pay increase for all air-traffic controllers and a better benefits package for retirement. So far, negotiations were proving fruitless and many were fearing a strike would be a major disaster for Air Travel. The White House was keeping an eye on the situation.
And that’s just a small slice of what went on, this June 18, 1981 as relayed by CBS Radio and The CBS World News Roundup, the 8am and 9am Network news.