Prince Sadruddin Agha Khan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke of his recent visit to East Pakistan and to refugee centres in India, during a news conference at the United Nations on Wednesday (June 23).
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: Sir, is it true that there were eight bombing incidents while you were in Dacca, so Reuters reports.
SADRUDDIN KHAN: While I was in Dacca, the curfew was in the process of being lifted. It was lifted whilst I was in Dacca. I can say that there is still a problem in Dacca, linked very much with the fact that as a result of what happened on the 25th of March a great many people left Dacca, as is well known. So you get the feeling in Dacca that the situation has not returned to normal and that people have not returned to their homes, and that a proportion of the capital, which I could really not venture to pinpoint, in terms of numbers, that a proportion of the population is not in the capital. I had been to Dacca before during normal times and the city does look very much affected.
REPORTER: Sir, two outstanding questions which have been asked - 1. Did you, ???er, were you in fact aware of bombing taking place while you were in Dacca and 2. Did you have any conversations with the foreign diplomatic community while you were in Dacca?
SADRUDDIN KHAN: First of all, I herd what could have been bombing during my visit to Dacca only on one occasion, only on one occasion. It was rumoured that there had been incidents and this was explained by the local authorities as being largely emanating from elements that had broken out of jail during she troubles and were sort of running around free. I can only tell you what was told. I'm sorry, I said that I heard on one occasion what was certainly bombing incident in Dacca, and that I was told that there was still a problem of law and order and that a great many elements apparently broke out of detention during the troubles and that a great many people were running round loose and it was difficult still to maintain law and order. But, as say, the curfew was lifted while I was in Dacca.
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Background: Prince Sadruddin Agha Khan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, spoke of his recent visit to East Pakistan and to refugee centres in India, during a news conference at the United Nations on Wednesday (June 23).
During the conference the Prince, spoke of conditions in Dacca and also stressed that the Indian Government needed an immediate appropriation of 275 million U.S. dollars -- on top of the 45 million already received -- to help care for the flood of refugees from East Pakistan.
This film of the conference was sot by Visnews staff cameraman, Leo Waller.