• Short Summary

    New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Hugh Watt, met French President Georges Pompidou on Friday (27 April) to put his country's case for the ending of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific.

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    New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister, Hugh Watt, met French President Georges Pompidou on Friday (27 April) to put his country's case for the ending of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific.

    The meeting followed yesterday morning's talks between Mr. Watt and French Defence Minister, Robert Galley.

    In a statement to the press after his meeting with the French President, Mr. Watt said that he had failed to persuade France to end its nuclear tests. "I had hoped that we might reach agreement on the basis of an assurance that the French programma of nuclear testing in the pacific has ended," he said. "Unfortunately, no such assurance has been given."
    Mr. Watt then went on: "In this situation, as my Prime Minister recently reaffirmed, New Zealand will, to its regret, be obliged to refer the matter to the International Court of Justice."
    SYNOPSIS: At the Elysee Place of Friday, a New Zealand delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister, Hugh Watt, arrived to put its case to French President, George Pompidou, for the ending of French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. (PAUSE) The meeting followed three days of talks between Mr. Watt and French government officials.

    The meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister and M. Pompidou was closed to cameramen.

    Mr. Watt did not make a statement to the press after the meeting. (PAUSE FOR 6 SECONDS) But later that day, he announced that he had failed to persuade President Pompidou to end France's nuclear tests in the South Pacific. (PAUSE FOR 8 SECONDS) The French Government maintained that these tests "presented no biological danger."
    According to Mr. Watt, New Zealand will now refer the matter to the International Court of Justice.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9ALKEM2F377JWBQMEMS2W24ZH
    Media URN:
    VLVA9ALKEM2F377JWBQMEMS2W24ZH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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