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    FORMALLY OPENING THE TENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE SOUTH-EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY), THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, HAROLD WILSON, SAID THE VIETNAM AND MALAYSIA SITUATIONS CONSTITUTED A SERIOUS THREAT TO PEACE, AND URGENTLY NEEDED TO BE ENDED BY AN HONOURABLE NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT.

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    MR WILSON: "YOUR EXCELLENCIES, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I AM VERY GLAD TO HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WELCOMING TO LONDON THE MANY DISTINGUISHED DELEGATES WHO HAVE ASSEMBLED HERE FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE SOUTH EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION. THIS IS A PARTICULAR PLEASURE, BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE COUNCIL HAS MET IN LONDON, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS THE TENTH OF THESE ANNUAL MEETINGS.



    "THIS YEAR THE COUNCIL ARE MEETING AT A MOMENT WHEN THE PROBLEMS OF THE TREATY AREA, AS DEFINED IN ARTICLE 8 OF THE MANILA TREATY, ARE MORE THAN USUALLY ACUTE. THE CONFLICT IN VIETNAM WHICH AFFECTS HER NEIGHBOURS AND INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION OF MALAYSIA, EQUALLY AND RIGHTLY HAVE AROUSED THE ATTENTION AND ANXIETY OF THE WORLD. BOTH THESE SITUATIONS CONSTITUTE A SERIOUS THREAT TO PEACE. BOTH URGENTLY NEED TO BE ENDED BY AN HONOURABLE NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT, NOT ONLY FOR THE SAKE OF THE ASIAN PEOPLES DIRECTLY CONCERNED, BUT FOR THAT OF ALL THE OTHER NATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN OR MAY BE INVOLVED.



    "THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE PROBLEMS OF VIETNAM AND HER NEIGHBOURS ON THE ONE HAND AND MALAYSIA ON THE OTHER IS BASICALLY THE SAME. IT SPRINGS FROM THE POLICY, WHICH WE HAVE CONSISTENTLY FOLLOWED EVER SINCE 1945, OF WITHDRAWING FROM OUR FORMER COLONIAL POSITION IN ASIA. AS EACH OF THE PEOPLES ONCE UNDER BRITISH RULE HAS ATTAINED INDEPENDENCE, WE HAVE BELIEVED THAT THEY SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE TO FOLLOW THEIR OWN PATH TOWARDS PEACE AND PROSPERITY. OUR ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN AVAILABLE ON REQUEST, OR BY AGREEMENT BUT WE HAVE NEVER SOUGHT -- AND WE DO NOT SEEK -- TO IMPOSE OUR VIEWS.



    "BUT INDEPENDENCE MEANS MORE THAN FREEDOM FROM BRITISH RULE OR FROM THE RULE OF ANY OTHER FORMER COLONIAL POWER. IT MEANS FREEDOM FROM AGGRESSIVE OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE.



    "SOME PEOPLE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT SEATO EXISTS TO PERPETUATE WESTERN INFLUENCE, EVEN WESTERN CONTROL, IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. I DO NOT NEED TO TELL YOU, BUT I WANT TO TELL THE WORLD, THAT THIS IS NONSENSE. IT IS THROUGH NO DESIRE OF OURS THAT BRITAIN HAS MORE SOLDIERS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA TODAY THAN ANY OTHER NON-ASIAN POWER, HAS MORE THAN WE EVER HAD THERE IN PEACE-TIME IN ALL OUR DAYS AS A COLONIAL RULER. IF MALAYSIA AND THE ASIAN MEMBERS OF SEATO WERE TO SAY TO BRITAIN TOMORROW: "THANK YOU, BUT ALL OUTSIDE THREATS TO OUR INDEPENDENCE HAVE CEASED AND WE NO LONGER NEED YOUR HELP", NOBODY WOULD BE MORE PLEASED THAN THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT AND THE BRITISH PEOPLE."



    MR BALL: "THE WORLD, HOWEVER, HAS, I THINK, GENERALLY UNDERSTOOD WHY THOSE AIR STRIKES HAVE BEEN NECESSARY. YET VOICES ARE RAISED HERE AND THERE ASKING THAT THEY BE HALTED EITHER ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS OR BECAUSE THEY MIGHT LEAD TO AN ESCALATION OF THE CONFLICT.



    "I UNDERSTAND THE GOOD INTENTIONS OF THOSE WHO EXPRESS THIS CONCERN. ALL OF US DEPLORE VIOLENCE. BUT I STILL FIND IT CURIOUS THAT MANY WHO BEWAIL THE DESTRUCTION OF BRIDGES AND MUNITIONS IN THE NORTH SPEAK SO LITTLE OF THE TORTURE AND INTIMIDATION, THE MURDER, AND THE LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE SUFFERED IN THE SOUTH BY THE VICTIMS OF THE AGGRESSION.



    "CERTAINLY THE UNITED STATES DOES NOT ENJOY SENDING ITS AIR PLANES AGAINST NORTH VIETNAM AND LOSING ITS OWN CITIZENS IN THAT EFFORT. NOR HAVE WE ENJOYED THE 160,000 CASUALTIES THAT WE HAVE TAKEN SINCE THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE DEFENCE OF FREEDOM.



    "FOR WE ARE DETERMINED TO DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH VIETNAM TO MAINTAIN THEIR FREEDOM. AND WE ARE CONVINCED THAT -- WITH OUR HELP AND THE HELP OF OTHER FREE NATIONS -- THEY CAN AND WILL SUCCEED."




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    Background: FORMALLY OPENING THE TENTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MINISTERIAL COUNCIL OF THE SOUTH-EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY), THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, HAROLD WILSON, SAID THE VIETNAM AND MALAYSIA SITUATIONS CONSTITUTED A SERIOUS THREAT TO PEACE, AND URGENTLY NEEDED TO BE ENDED BY AN HONOURABLE NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT.

    MR WILSON SAID:
    LATER, MR GEORGE BALL DISCUSSING U.S. ACTION IN VIETNAM, SAID:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9SSI5G8MTG90UJJQ2Q9E0G1L5
    Media URN:
    VLVA9SSI5G8MTG90UJJQ2Q9E0G1L5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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