Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said in Paris today (Tuesday) that she would be glad to meet President Yahya Khan of Pakistan to discuss problems between their two countries.
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MRS. GANDHI: "I have said that I am ready to speak with President Yahya Khan on the problems which concern India and Pakistan. But the problem of East Bengal, that is a matter between the people or rather the elected representatives of the people of East Bengal, and the military regime of West Pakistan.
"I wish only to say that I hope it will be possible to prevent a war but I do not know whether China and Russia are prepared to work together."
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said in Paris today (Tuesday) that she would be glad to meet President Yahya Khan of Pakistan to discuss problems between their two countries. But problems of East Bengal must be settled between the people of East Bengal and the military regime in West Pakistan, she added.
Mrs. Gandhi was speaking at a press conference which followed her meeting on Monday with President Pompidou and Prime Minister Chaban-Delmas. She also laid wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier beneath the Are de Triomphe.
SYNOPSIS: At the Elysee Palace in Paris, the Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, had talks on Monday with President Pompidou and the French Prime Minister, M. Chaban-Delmas. Mrs. Gandhi arrived in France after visiting the United States. The purpose of her visit was to explain India's view on the situation in East Pakistan. She said after her meeting that President Pompidou's assessment of the situation was close to her own, adding that a country that had only heard of the problem could not have identical views with a country that had actually suffered.
Accompanied by M. Duvillard, the French Minister for ex-Servicemen and War Victims, Mrs. Gandhi visited the Are de Triomphe, where she laid a wrath at the tomb of the unknown warrior.
Of her world tour, Mrs. Gandhi said she did not ask for help. But she added that it was for the world to decide whether a stable India was good for world peace.
At the Indian Embassy in Paris, Mrs. Gandhi gave a press conference before preparing to travel on to West Germany.
Mrs. Gandhi said she was ready to meet President Yahya Khan of Pakistan to discuss any problems that concerned India and Pakistan. But she stressed that the problem of East Bengal was an issue between the East Bengal people, or rather their elected representatives, and the military regime in West Pakistan....She said she hoped it would be possible to avoid war, but she did not know whether the Chinese People's Republic and the Soviet Union were prepared to work together.