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    THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR. JOHN GORTON, ANNOUNCED IN CANBERRA ON TUESDAY (16 DECEMBER) THAT?

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    GORTON SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: GORTON: 'I HAVE SPOKEN DIRECTLY WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARRANGEMENTS MADE ON MY LAST VISIT, AND WE WERE IN COMPLETE ACCORD IN AGREEING IN PRINCIPLE THAT, SHOULD THE FUTURE SITUATION PERMIT A FURTHER SUBSTANTIAL WITHDRAWAL OF TROOPS, THEN SOME AUSTRALIAN TROOPS SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE NUMBERS SCHEDULED FOR SUCH REDUCTION. SUCH AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE IS ALL THAT HAS BEEN REACHED, OR ALL THAT CAN, AT PRESENT, BE REACHED. IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS ARRANGEMENT CAN ONLY OCCUR IN THE LIGHT OF FUTURE MILITARY DEVELOPMENTS IN VIETNAM AND AFTER FULL CONSULTATION AND AGREEMENT WITH THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT AND NEW ZEALAND. I EXPECT THAT THERE WILL BE MUCH BASELESS SPECULATION ON THESE MATTERS AND INDEED THERE ALREADY HAS BEEN, SO I WISH TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THERE IS NO FIRM TIMETABLE FOR FURTHER WITHDRAWAL IS NO TIMETABLE FIXED COVERING AT WHAT STAGE ANY AUSTRALIAN REDUCTIONS WOULD BE PHASED IN TO THE NEXT UNITED STATES WITHDRAWALS; THAT THERE IS NO ARRANGEMENT MADE AS TO HOW GREAT ANY AUSTRALIAN REDUCTIONS WHICH MAY TAKE PLACE IN THE FUTURE WILL BE. THESE ARE ALL MATTERS FOR THE FUTURE, AND DEPENDENT ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, AND THOSE FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS CANNOT NOW BE ACCURATELY FORECAST. BUT THESE THINGS ARE SURE: WE WILL NOT UNILATERALLY WITHDRAW ANY OF OUR FORCES; WE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NEXT REDUCTION OF FORCES AT SOME STATE, WHEN IT COMES. BUT THE EXTENT AND TIMING OF THAT PARTICIPATION REMAINS TO BE SETTLED IN DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN ALL THE GOVERNMENTS CONCERNED.'




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    Background: THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER, MR. JOHN GORTON, ANNOUNCED IN CANBERRA ON TUESDAY (16 DECEMBER) THAT SOME UNITES OF THE AUSTRALIAN TASK FORCE IN VIETNAM WOULD BE WITHDRAWN WHEN THE NEXT MAJOR PULL-OUT OF UNITED STATES TROOPS OCCURRED.

    ADDRESSING THE NATION ON RADIO AND TELEVISION, MR. GORTON SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA29CC5E3TF6BXFI7TXSRXWHVD
    Media URN:
    VLVA29CC5E3TF6BXFI7TXSRXWHVD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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