• Short Summary

    As Commonwealth leaders took a weekend break from their summit conference in Singapore, the meeting's key issue remained undebated--whether Britain should sell maritime arms to South Africa.

  • Description

    As Commonwealth leaders took a weekend break from their summit conference in Singapore, the meeting's key issue remained undebated--whether Britain should sell maritime arms to South Africa. But two new twists were given to the story by two unrelated events, the passage of two Soviet warships through the Straits of Malacca on Friday (15 Jan.) and the announcement the same day that Mauritius is prepared to offer Britain facilities for an alternative base.

    The Mauritian proposals mentioned on Friday by Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam were amplified yesterday (Saturday) at a news conference given by the island's Foreign Minister, Mr. Gaetan Duval. He also told pressmen how the Mauritian Government had arrived at the idea.

    The British Government has given the Soviet naval build-up in the Indian Ocean as a reason for the proposed arms sale to South Africa. But Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew yesterday rejected any suggestion that the passage through the Malacca Straits of the two Soviet warships--a cruiser and a destroyer, later followed by two support ships--had any bearing on the conference.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA56XMO6VYMVE805A76A4A8T06O
    Media URN:
    VLVA56XMO6VYMVE805A76A4A8T06O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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