President Nixon has asked the Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Kreisky to reconsider his decision to close?
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SCU INT. President Nixon speaks:
"Austria is in the eye of a hurricane and Austria therefore is, being relatively small country, relatively weak militarily at cetera, is making a very - what I am sure, for Mr. Kreisky,is a very painful decision. In this respect, I recall for example that, at the time of the Hungarian revolution, Austria opened its arms very generously to thousands of refugees and I know that's the Austrian tradition and custom. I would hope and I would express this, that the Prime Minister would reconsider his decision, even though I know he has even lately reiterates it. If we consider it for this fundamental reason, that goes far beyond his country and even ours, and that is that we simply cannot have governments, small or large, giving in to international blackmail by terrorist groups."
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THIS FILM INCLUDES A STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT NIXON.
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Background: President Nixon has asked the Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Kreisky to reconsider his decision to close down a transit camp for Soviet Jews. Dr. Kreisky closed the camp on Saturday (September 29th) as the price for the release of four hostages held by two Arab guerrillas.
The United states President said governments, either large or small, could not give in to international blackmail by terrorist groups. Dr. Kreisky has stood by the decision to close the camp, which has been operating for eight years, but will continue to grant three-day visas to Soviet Jews on their way to Israel.