United States Secretary of State Wiloiam Rogers answered questions on a number of big issues in world affairs on Friday at a press conference in Washington.
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TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: ROGERS: "Our objective is to bring about practical improvements in and around the city, without altering the status of Berlin, or diminishing our rights or responsibilities there. We believe that this objective will be achieved.
We have indicated a willingness to talk about mutual and balanced force reductions, and we have indicated that once there is a satisfactory solution to the problem of Berlin, that we, our NATO allies and Canada, would be willing to take part in the European Security Conference after proper preparation.
As you know we have hoped for a fair contested Presidential election in Vietnam, and President Thieu yesterday regretted the fact that that had not occurred. Now obviously I'm sure that the elections within a country like Vietnam are not pristine and pure, neither are ours, for that matter. And I think we also should keep in mind that although the Government won the support of the majority of people according to the Parliamentary elections, the fact was that the opposition gained a considerable number of seats.
So we are encouraged by that demonstration of democracy. We have good relations with the Soviet Union, we don't have any relations with Cuba. We regret very much that Cuba has taken this action in stopping the refugees who want to come to this country. We have expressed our attitude on it, we would hope that Cuba might change its attitude on it."
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Background: United States Secretary of State Wiloiam Rogers answered questions on a number of big issues in world affairs on Friday at a press conference in Washington.
Among the issues were the Presidential elections in Vietnam, and U.S. relations with Cuba. He acclaimed the four-power agreement on berlin as a step that enhanced the prospects for greater peace and security in Europe as well as one that promised a better way of life for Berliners themselves.
Mr. Rogers' answers to questions succeed one another in this film. He begins with some remarks on Berlin, goes on to deal with Vietnam, and finishes by discussing Cuba.