• Short Summary

    At his weekly recorded broadcast to the nation, President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia said November 13 Tunisia was asking Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Sweden for urgently needed arms as Western conditions for supplying them were unacceptable.

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    At his weekly recorded broadcast to the nation, President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia said November 13 Tunisia was asking Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Sweden for urgently needed arms as Western conditions for supplying them were unacceptable.

    The told the broadcast press conference: "Our policy relating to the West has somewhat changed. The situation obliges us to make contact with Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Sweden, for arms.

    "The West should understand our position and revise their own before it is too late. If our orientation towards the Free World is to harm us, we could detach ourselves from the West."
    He said he had not taken up an anti-Western policy but described Tunisia's change in policy as one of non-engagement.

    Tunisia's arms' needs had been put to the US and Britain in May.

    (Earlier this week official sources in Tunis said both countries had disclosed to a third power - France - the proposed deal and that they had insisted that the arms should not reach the hands of the Algerian insurgents.)
    Those assurances, said the President, were against Tunisia's rights as an independent nation and would not be given.

    "As we have normal commercial relations with Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Sweden it is normal we should ask them, on purely commercial grounds, to deliver arms to us. The only thing that matters is the quality of the arms and the date of delivery."
    Observers reported Bourguiba's speech caused some alarm to Western diplomats who have known the President as one of the few reliable Arab leaders with leanings to the West.

    Both Britain and the US delivered light arms to Tunisia last year. France protested.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA65EIJMOPD48QIW2ZF3KA5LK20
    Media URN:
    VLVA65EIJMOPD48QIW2ZF3KA5LK20
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/11/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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