• Short Summary

    AUSTRIA IS CONTINUING TO MOVE ELEMENTS OF ITS ARMY UP TO BORDER POSTS WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA, TO PROTECT ITS NEUTRAL STATUS AND PREPARE FOR A POSSIBLE INFLUX OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA REFUGEES.

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    AUSTRIA IS CONTINUING TO MOVE ELEMENTS OF ITS ARMY UP TO BORDER POSTS WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA, TO PROTECT ITS NEUTRAL STATUS AND PREPARE FOR A POSSIBLE INFLUX OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA REFUGEES. AUSTRIA HAS 367 MILES (590 KMS) OF COMMON BORDER WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA.

    SIX BATTALIONS OF THE AUSTRIAN ARMY ARE ALREADY STANDING BY IN FRONTIER AREAS. IF NECESSARY, THIS MILITARY STRENGTH, ACCORDING TO SOURCES IN VIENNA, COULD BE DOUBLED WITHIN 24 HOURS.

    RESERVE UNITS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT SHORT NOTICE. AUSTRIAN AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT HAVE FLOWN SEVERAL RECONNAISSANCE SORTIES OVER BORDER AREA, BUT NO FULL-TIME POSTING HAS BEEN MADE. AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR DR. JOSEF KLAUS HAS PUBLICITY ASSURED AUSTRIANS AND THE THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS IN THE COUNTRY THAT MEASURES HAD BEEN TAKEN TO SAFEGUARD PEACE AND ORDER. AUSTRIA WOULD CONTINUE HER WELL
    TRIED POLICY OF NEUTRALITY, HE SAID.

    TRAFFIC AT THE SEVEN ROAD AND FOUR RAIL CROSSING BETWEEN AUSTRIA AND CZECHOSLOVAKIA CONTINUES TO BE MODERATELY HEAVY. AT THE CZECHOSLOVAK BORDER POST OF GMUND, FOREIGNERS AS WELL AS CZECHOSLOVAKS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO LEAVE FREELY. ONE COUPLE MAKING AN EXIT TODAY SAID THEY INTENDED EMIGRATING EVENTUALLY TO AUSTRALIA. THE MAN AND HIS WIFE WERE BOTH WELL PAST THEIR SIXTIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6E1BARTY06V1OFZ63II4ZTEWW
    Media URN:
    VLVA6E1BARTY06V1OFZ63II4ZTEWW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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