Two Soviet warships sailed past Singapore on Friday (15 January) heading for the Indian ocean as Commonwealth Heads of Government met to discuss issues including a Soviet naval build-up in the area.
Aerial view Russian ships sailing off Singapore (2 shots)
SCU Obote leaving conference
SV Kaunda enters car
SV President Nyerere enters car
SV Mr. Heath enters his car
CU President Kaunda giving press conference (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT: KAUNDA: (SEQ. 6) "This double standard, to say if you supply arms to the Middle East you are supplying arms to a troubled area, and yet supply arms to an equally troubled area - this is a double standard, and is not acceptable to Zambia. So may I say again that we have not picked on any single country. Any country which sells arms to South Africa has on issue with us. Zambia and I am sure all Asian countries have an issue with such countries, whether they are black, green, blue, pink, yellow, whatever their colour, whatever their religion, whatever they believe, whatever they say, whatever they do. If they sell arms to South Africa they are and angering the peace that we want to create in southern Africa.
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Background: Two Soviet warships sailed past Singapore on Friday (15 January) heading for the Indian ocean as Commonwealth Heads of Government met to discuss issues including a Soviet naval build-up in the area.
British Prime Minister Edward Heath, facing criticism at the Singapore Conference for his proposal to sell arms to South Africa, has justified the policy by reference to increasing Soviet power in the Indian ocean.
The leading critic of the "arms for South Africa" policy is Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, who spoke passionately against it once again at a press conference.
President Kaunda said at his Press Conference that Zambia had not come to Singapore with the idea of challenging the British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, or with mind made up to stage a walk-out.
He strongly attack any country selling arms to South Africa, however, and said there must be no double standards on the issue.