Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, President of Malawi, currently in Britain for talks with British Foreign?
GV EXT & LV BBC Television centre (3 shots)
SCU Banda speaks (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 2: BANDA: "I believe Mr. Heath and H.M.G. (Her Majesty's Government) when they say they are going to sell South Africa only those arms that are required for maritime defence, external defence, and not internal suppression, not to perpetuate apartheid. That's One. Two. I supported Mr. Heath, and I support Mr. Heath now--I support H.M.G. now in their declared intention to resume the sale of arms to South Africa because I concede them; I grant them the same right (when I say them, I mean Mr. Heath and H.M.G.) the same right to act in the best interests of Britain as they (H.M.G.) see, understand, interpret these interests, which right I reserve for my Government, for myself to act in the best interests of Malawi as I see these interests, and interpret these interests. I'll go further...I'm not all opposed to Britain, either alone, or in co-operation with the United States, having any kind of basis for stations in the Indian Ocean. It's for all of us, in the interests of all of us, not just Britain."
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Background: Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, President of Malawi, currently in Britain for talks with British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas Home and other high ranking Government officials, reaffirmed his view that Britain was justified in contemplating the sale of arms to South Africa.
Dr. Banda interviewed on a British Broadcasting Corporation current affairs television programme, said: