• Short Summary

    The 1972 Non-Aligned Ministers' Conference in Georgetown, Guyana, was thrown into confusion when Malaysia, Indonesian and Laotian delegates walked out on Wednesday (9 August) in protest over the admission of a Viet Cong delegation to represent South Vietnam, and the exiled Cambodian government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk in The People's Republic of China.

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    The 1972 Non-Aligned Ministers' Conference in Georgetown, Guyana, was thrown into confusion when Malaysia, Indonesian and Laotian delegates walked out on Wednesday (9 August) in protest over the admission of a Viet Cong delegation to represent South Vietnam, and the exiled Cambodian government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk in The People's Republic of China.

    The three south-east Asian members withdrew in the face of what they described as a 'bulldozer' decision to admit the two exiled regimes. They left Guyana on the first available aircraft back to their own countries.

    On being allowed the seat at the conference, Prince Sihanouk's envoys hugged one another and raised their flag on the empty Cambodian pole. The Cambodian seat had been declared vacant at a Non-Aligned summit in Lusaka two years ago because of rival claims from Prince Sihanouk and the Phnom Penh Government of the newly-named Khmer Republic, whose delegation had also been busy lobbying for the seat this year at Georgetown.

    The Viet Cong envoy said they deserved their seat and couldn't understand or take very seriously the walk-out by the three protesting countries. Their case was put to a Visnews reporter by representative Mai Thai Chan, and the Malaysian and Indonesian delegates also told their side of the issue.

    SYNOPSIS: The Conference of Non-Aligned Ministers in Georgetown, Guyana, was thrown into confusion on Wednesday by the walk out of delegates from Laos, Malaysia and Indonesia. They were protesting against the admission of Viet Cong delegates to represent South Vietnam, and the admission of Prince Sihanouk's exiled Cambodian government. The Viet Cong envoys said they deserved their place at the conference, and decried the walk-out by the South-east Asian three. Mr. Mai Thai Chan put their case.

    Why did Malaysia join the walk-out? Mr. Muhammad Bin Shafie, leader of the Malaysian delegation, gave his reason.

    And Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Adam Malik, spoke also of his delegation's withdrawal from the conference.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6YKP3J3BWF9F3E9105QAW274X
    Media URN:
    VLVA6YKP3J3BWF9F3E9105QAW274X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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