• Short Summary

    BRITAIN TODAY (THURSDAY) PUT THE RHODESIAN OIL CRISIS INTO THE HANDS OF THE UNITED NATIONS.?

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    CABINET MINISTER ARRIVE FROM MEETING; SIR ELWYN JONES LEAVES LONDON; LORD WALSTON IN LISBON TALKS WITH PORTUGUESE OFFICIALS.



    INTERVIEWER: "WAS ANY DECISION TAKEN AT THE MEETING?"



    MR BALL: "NO".



    QUESTION: "WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED?".



    MR BALL: "WE STARTED DISCUSSIONS AT SIX O'CLOCK YESTERDAY EVENING. WE CARRIED ON UNTIL A FAIRLY LATE HOUR LAST NIGHT AND RESUMED AT TEN O'CLOCK THIS MORNING AND AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON...IN THE COURSE OF WHICH NO DECISION WAS TAKEN..IN THE MIDDLE OF WHICH WE HEARD THE MATTER OF OIL FOR RHODESIA HAD BEEN HANDED OVER BY THE UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT TO THE SECURITY COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS FOR, I UNDERSTAND, DEBATE TONIGHT."



    QUESTION: "NO VOTE WAS TAKEN...



    MR BALL: "NO."



    QUESTION: "WHY IS THAT?"



    MR BALL: "BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE THAT IT'S IN THE INTERESTS OF EITHER THE PIPELINE COMPANY ITSELF, AND CONSEQUENTLY ITS SHAREHOLDERS, OR OF GREAT BRITAIN, OR INDEED OF RHODESIA...I BELIEVE THAT ONE'S PRESENCE THERE IS IN FACT DESIRABLE..IT MAY SOUND A PRESUMPTUOUS THING TO SAY BUT, THAT IS MY BELIEF."




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    Background: BRITAIN TODAY (THURSDAY) PUT THE RHODESIAN OIL CRISIS INTO THE HANDS OF THE UNITED NATIONS. IN LONDON, PRIME MINISTER MR. WILSON'S NEW CABINET DISCUSSED THE RHODESIAN QUESTION AT LENGTH. THE BRITISH ATTORNEY-GENERAL, SIR ELWYN JONES, FLEW FROM LONDON TO NEW YORK TO GIVE LEGAL ADVICE TO THE BRITISH DELEGATION AT THE UNITED NATIONS. BRITISH DIRECTORS OF THE ANGLO-PORTUGUESE BEIRA PIPELINE COMPANY RETURNED FROM LISBON FOLLOWING TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF THE OIL PIPELINE BETWEEN BEIRA IN MOZAMBIQUE AND RHODESIA.

    THE GREEK-REGISTERED TANKER JOANNA FIVE TRIGGERED THE LATEST CRISIS. THE TANKER IS ANCHORED IN BEIRA, HARBOUR WITH 18,000 TONS OF CRUDE OIL THAT BRITAIN SUSPECTED WAS DESTINED FOR RHODESIA. REPORTS TODAY SAID IT WOULD HAVE TO WAIT THERE FOR ANOTHER SIX DAYS.

    MR. WILSON SAY TODAY THAT THE RHODESIAN LEADER MR. IAN SMITH WAS STILL UNWILLING TO ENTER INTO DISCUSSION WITH BRITAIN. AT THE UNITED NATIONS, BRITAIN WILL SEEK AUTHORITY TO PREVENT THE ARRIVAL OF ANY TANKER AT BEIRA CARRYING OIL FOR THE RHODESIAN REGIME. BEIRA IS THE STARTING POINT OF THE OIL PIPELINE TO THE RHODESIAN REFINERY AT UMTALI.

    SEVERAL DIRECTORS OF THE LONRHO OIL COMPANY, WHO GAD GONE TO LISBON YESTERDAY TO DISCUSS THE OIL CRISIS, RETURNED TO LONDON TODAY. THE CHAIRMAN, MR. ALAN BALL WAS INTERVIEWED:
    MEANWHILE IN LISBON, BRITAIN'S FOREIGN UNDER-SECRETARY, LORD WALSTON HAD MORE TALKS TODAY WITH THE PORTUGUESE FOREIGN MINISTER, SENHOR ALBERTO FRANCO NGOUEIRA. IN EXTENDED SESSIONS OVER THE LAST TWO DAYS, LORD WALSTON HAS ASKED FOR PORTUGUESE HELP IN THE BRITISH OIL EMBARGO AGAINST RHODESIA. PORTUGAL HAS SAID THAT THE EMBARGO IS A MATTER BETWEEN BRITAIN AND RHODESIA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6X8984P2BOMJYPQ9INAU9NVPY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6X8984P2BOMJYPQ9INAU9NVPY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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