• Short Summary

    THE FIRST BATCH OF THOSE CONTROVERSIAL BUSES FOR CUBA ARE ON THEIR WAY. THIS MORNING?

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    THE FIRST BATCH OF THOSE CONTROVERSIAL BUSES FOR CUBA ARE ON THEIR WAY. THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY) THE FIRST OF THE BUSES WAS LOADED ON BOARD THE EAST GERMAN FREIGHTER "HEINRICH HEINE".

    THE ORIGINAL ORDER FOR 450 LEYLAND BUSES HAS BEEN MORE THAN DOUBLED IN THE LAST FEW DAYS WHEN THE CUBAN GOVERNMENT TOOK UP ITS OPTION ON A FURTHER 500 BUSES. THE DEAL CAUSED RESENTMENT IN WASHINGTON WHERE OFFICIALS EMPHASISED THAT THE UNITED STATES REMAINS OPPOSED TO THE SALE OF ANY EQUIPMENT TO DR. CASTRO THAT COULD BE USED TO EASE THE COUNTRY'S ACUTE TRANSPORT PROBLEMS.

    THE BUSES ARE PAINTED IN THE CUBAN NATIONAL COLOURS OF RED, GREEN AND WHITE. COSTING GBP9,300 EACH, THEY SEAT 45 AND THERE IS STANDING ROOM FOR MORE. THE MODELS HAVE BEEN SPECIALLY FITTED WITH BARS ACROSS THE WINDOWS WHICH, AN OFFICIAL EXPLAINED, ARE TO PREVENT CHILDREN FALLING OUT.

    SOME OF THE BUSES WILL GO INTO SERVICE IN HAVANA AND ABOUT 50 WILL BE USED AS AN EXPRESS SERVICE THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND.

    SPEAKING TO THE PRESS MR STOKES, THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LEYLANDS, SAID THERE HAD BEEN NO COMMUNICATION WITH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OVER THE CUBAN DEALS. THERE WERE NO POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS, HE SAID, AND "BY NO STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION COULD THESE BUSES BE CALLED STRATEGIC WEAPONS." IT WAS A STRAIGHT-FORWARD DEAL BETWEEN LEYLANDS AND CUBA WHO WERE TRADITIONAL CUSTOMERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4WIBKJY3M3KFK8YLHCHW1WAGS
    Media URN:
    VLVA4WIBKJY3M3KFK8YLHCHW1WAGS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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