The Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Olof Palme, twelve wives of American Prisoners of War in?
GV Swedish Prime Minister with wives of P.O. Ws
MV & CU Wives (4 shots)
MV ZOOM TO CU Palme (SOF)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 3)
REPORTER: "Mr. Prime Minister, what can you tell us about your meeting with the ladies?"
PALME: " We had a very interesting discussion. Naturally we fell concerned about the fate of their relatives. And, as you know, we have made efforts to obtain information about the prisoner of war -- and to some extent succeeded -- through official channels to the Government in Hanoi. And therefore we have been through this all again and discussed it. It's been important for me to stress that we see this as a humanitarian issue, we are helping children of North Vietnam who have suffered, with aid. Of course, it's been a very war-torn country. It is under the same basic principles that it is quiet natural to do whatever we can to help the families of those who are in prison.
Initials PAF/BOB/MH PAF/BOB/SGM
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Background: The Swedish Prime Minister, Mr. Olof Palme, twelve wives of American Prisoners of War in Washington on Monday (June 8). He told them he would do everything he could to obtain information about their husbands.
Mr. Palme, who is on a private visit to the United States, declined to say what steps the Swedish Government was taking to obtain the information. Earlier in his visit, Mr. Palme was heckled at a degree ceremony by dockers, in protest against his country's relations with North Vietnam, to which Sweden has given large amount of aid.
The Swedish Prime Minister said that even if the American thrust across the Cambodian border was a military success, it would be a political land moral defeat for the United States. He also defended his Government's action in providing political asylum to American deserters and draft evaders.