• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, SAID IN A NATIONWIDE TELEVISION BROADCAST TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY)?

  • Description

    THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, MR. HAROLD WILSON, SAID IN A NATIONWIDE TELEVISION BROADCAST TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) THAT BRITISH TROOPS WOULD NOT BE PERMITTED TO JOIN IN ANY OFFENSIVE OPERATION IN RHODESIAN SOIL SHORT OF A RHODESIAN ATTACK ON ZAMBIA. HE SAID THAT PREPARATIONS WERE BEING MADE TO SEND A SQUADRON OF JAVELIN FIGHTERS AND UNITS OF THE R.A.F. REGIMENT TO ZAMBIA, AND IF REQUIRED A BATTALION OF GROUND TROOPS. AS A FURTHER PRECAUTION THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER "H.M.S. EAGLE" WAS IN WATERS OFF THE EAST AFRICAN COAST, HE SAID.

    THE PRIME MINISTER TOLD BRITONS, HOWEVER, THAT BRITAIN WOULD "NOT STAND IDLY BY" OF RHODESIA SHOULD CUT OFF POWER SUPPLIES FROM THE JOINT-OWNED KARIBA DAM TO THE ZAMBIAN COPPER BELT. THIS INDICATION THAT BRITISH FORCES MIGHT CROSS THE FRONTIER TO PROTECT THE KARIBA GENERATING PLANT, ON THE RHODESIAN SIDE OF THE BORDER, WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS SPOKEN OF POSSIBLE MILITARY OPERATIONS IN RHODESIA FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN MAINTAINING LAW AND ORDER.

    EARLIER TODAY, MR. WILSON HAD ANNOUNCED STRICT NEW ECONOMIC MEASURES AGAINST RHODESIA AMOUNTING TO AN EMBARGO ON 95 PER CENT OF RHODESIA'S TRADE WITH BRITAIN.

    HERE ARE TWO EXTRACTS FROM MR. WILSON'S BROADCAST.....

    THE H.M.S. EAGLE HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE FAR EAST TO THE EAST AFRICAN COAST. H.M.S. EAGLE IS AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER (44,100 TONS) CARRYING SEACAT MISSILES, BUCCANEER BOMBERS, SEA VIXEN FIGHTERS, AND GANETS FOR AIRBOURNE RADAR: - A TOTAL OF 34 PLANES AND TEN HELICOPTERS. THE BUCCANEER HAS A RANGE OF 2000 MILES.

    NOW IN KENYA, AT NAIROBI AIRFIELD, ARE TEN JAVELIN ALL-WEATHER FIGHTER, WHICH ARE NORMALLY BASED IN CYPRUS. THEY ARE WAITING TO START PATROL WORK OVER ZAMBIA. EIGHT ARGOSY TRANSPORT PLANES ARE ALSO STANDING BY.

    THE MAN PICKED TO BE THE R.A.F.'S AIR DEFENCE COMMANDER FOR ZAMBIA IS AIR COMMODORE IAN MACDOUGALL OF TRANSPORT COMMAND.

    AS MR. WILSON SPOKE, HIS COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, ARTHUR BOTTOMLEY, WAS IN ZAMBIA TRYING TO BREAK A DEADLOCK OVER BRITISH CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO ACCEPTANCE OF MR. KAUNDA'S REQUEST FOR FORCES. AS FAR AS IS KNOWN COMPLETE AGREEMENT BETWEEN BRITAIN AND ZAMBIA HAS STILL NOT BEEN REACHED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7N9XRZYJKGMQ3JNLAX9Q328MW
    Media URN:
    VLVA7N9XRZYJKGMQ3JNLAX9Q328MW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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