• Short Summary

    GRAVE CONCERN OVER THE WORSENING SITUATION IN LAOS... THIS WAS THE KEYNOTE IN PARIS TODAY?

  • Description

    GRAVE CONCERN OVER THE WORSENING SITUATION IN LAOS... THIS WAS THE KEYNOTE IN PARIS TODAY (MONDAY) WHEN MINISTERS OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION BEGAN THEIR THREE-DAY CONFERENCE. THE TALKS HAVE BEEN GIVEN SPECIAL URGENCY BY THE ASSASSINATION LAST WEEK OF THE LAOTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, RISING TENSION IN CENTRAL LAOS, AND THE REPORTED FALL TO LEFT-WING FORCES TODAY OF THE IMPORTANT NEUTRALIST-HELD TOWNSHIP OF XIENG KOUANG.

    LORD HOME, THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, TOLD SEATO DELEGATES THAT HE AND MR GROMYKO, (SOVIET FOREIGN MINISTER) HAD, AS CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE GENEVA AGREEMENT OF LAOS, APPEALED TODAY TO ALL PARTIES IN LAOS TO KEEP THE PEACE. THE AMERICAN SECRETARY OF STATE, MR DEAN RUSK, SAID THE UNITED STATES HAD KEPT ITS PART OF THE GENEVA AGREEMENT. BUT, HE ADDED, IT WAS NOT SATISFIED THAT "THE OTHER SIDE" HAD DONE SO, PARTICULARLY IN THE REQUIREMENT THAT ALL FOREIGN MILITARY FORCES BE WITHDRAWN.

    FOLLOWING A CLOSED SESSION OF THE SEATO TALKS, AN OFFICIAL SPOKESMEN SAID MEMBERS HAD DISCUSSED WHAT THEY REGARDED AS GROWING COMMUNIST SUBVERSION IN THE TREATY AREA. TO MEET HIS THEY HAD CALLED FOR GREATER ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

    LATER IN THE DAY, DELEGATES ATTENDED AN OFFICIAL RECEPTION GIVEN BY THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER, M. COUVE DE MURVILLE, WHO WAS ELECTED CONFERENCE CHAIRMAN. HE ALSO FEATURED TODAY IN AN IMPORTANT SIDE ISSUE TO THE CONFERENCE - A PRIVATE MEETING WITH LORD HOME, THE FIRST SINCE FRANCE VETOED BRITAIN'S ENTRY TO THE COMMON MARKET LAST JANUARY. A FRENCH SPOKESMAN SAID THEIR TALKS WAS CONDUCTED IN AN "ATMOSPHERE OF COURTESY".

    IN ANOTHER MEETING, MR. RUSK WENT TO THE PALACE TO SEE PRESIDENT DE GAULLE. IT AS THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST PRIVATE TALK WITH AN AMERICAN MINISTER SINCE JANUARY WHEN HE REJECTED AN OFFER OF POLARIS MISSILES AS PART OF A NATO NUCLEAR FORCE. NO STATEMENT WAS ISSUED AFTERWARDS, BUT MR RUSK TOLD REPORTERS THAT IT HAD BEEN A "VERY INTERESTING TOUR D'HORIZON".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4UBC6G5IRX75QOP7753FWRZPG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4UBC6G5IRX75QOP7753FWRZPG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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