• Short Summary

    RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SWEDEN OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN STRAINED, BUT THEY NOW LOOK CERTAIN TO GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER.

  • Description

    1.
    CU DRUMMERS IN MEETING HALL
    0.08

    2.
    LV AUDIENCE AND PRIME MINISTER ENTER HALL
    0.24

    3.
    MV P.M. UP TO PLATFORM AND GREETED
    0.33

    4.
    TV AUDIENCE AND ROSTRUM
    0.38

    5.
    CU P.M. SPEAKING
    0.41

    6.
    MV & CU'S P.M. SPEAKING (2 SHOTS)
    0.51

    7.
    CU & VB P.M. SPEAKING (2 SHOTS)
    0.57

    8.
    CU'S & MV'S P.M. WITH REPORTERS AND OFFICIALS (5 SHOTS)
    1.15

    9.
    MV P.M. AND REPORTER BEING INTERVIEWED
    1.25

    10.
    CU P.M. SPEAKING SOF
    2.38


    TRANSCRIPT: PALME: WE'VE ALWAYS SAID THAT WE ARE NEUTRAL, AND WE WILL STAY NEUTRAL. BUT NEUTRALITY DOESN'T CONDEMN A SMALL COUNTRY LIKE OURS TO BE QUIET. WE PROTESTED VERY STRONGLY AGAINST THE INVASION IN HUNGARY BY THE SOVIET UNION; AGAINST THE BERLIN WALL, AGAINST THE SOVIET INVASION IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA, AND NOBODY IN THE WEST SAID THAT WE WEREN'T NEUTRAL THEN. WHEN WE HAVE PROTESTED AGAINST THE INFRINGEMENTS ON HUMAN RIGHTS, LIKE IN GREECE, ALL THOSE OPPRESSED PEOPLE, LIKE IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN AND PORTUGUESE COLONIES IN AFRICA. WE ARE STILL NEUTRAL. WE ONLY ARE TRYING TO STAND UP FOR IDEALS -- THAT OUGHT TO BE COMMON FOR PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD."



    REPORTER: "BEFORE THE PARIS TALKS STARTED, YOU DID ACT AS CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HANOI AND WASHINGTON. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY SIMILAR WAY TODAY?"



    PALME: "I WOULDN'T COMMENT THAT QUESTION, I MEAN WE ARE IN CONTACT FOR THREE YEARS, AND NOT A WORKED OF IT LEAKED OUT, SO IF THERE WERE CONTACTS I WOULDN'T SAY, AND I CAN'T COMMENT ON IT".




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: RELATIONS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND SWEDEN OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN STRAINED, BUT THEY NOW LOOK CERTAIN TO GET WORSE BEFORE THEY GET BETTER.

    THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT HAS JUST ANNOUNCED IT IS GIVING 45 MILLION DOLLARS (18.8 MILLION POUNDS) ECONOMIC AID TO NORTH VIETNAM OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS.

    SWEDEN'S PRIME MINISTER OLOF PALME HAS BEEN A SEVERE CRITIC OF THE UNITED STATES' PART IN THE VIETNAM WAR. HIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME A HAVEN FOR AMERICAN ARMY DESERTERS AND THERE IS AN ESTIMATED THREE HUNDRED NOW LIVING IN SWEDEN. PALME TOOK OFFICE RECENTLY. HE BECAME KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE WORLD FOR HAVING INFURIATED WASHINGTON BY MARCHING ALONGSIDE HANOI'S AMBASSADOR IN STOCKHOLM DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE UNITE STATES. AT 42 PALME IS THE YOUNGEST HEAD OF THE STATE IN EUROPE. HIS ADVISORS ARE EVEN YOUNGER. PALME'S APPROACH IS IDEALISM WHICH APPEALS TO THE YOUTH IN SWEDEN, MIXED WITH A PRACTICALITY WHICH OFTEN UPSETS THEM BUT REASSURES THEIR ELDERS. IN A RECENT INTERVIEW HE SAID........

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA79TYKZ6R5JG4HV1GQJFL4LKBY
    Media URN:
    VLVA79TYKZ6R5JG4HV1GQJFL4LKBY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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