Malaysia's Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, at present on a European tour, met President Pompidou of France today (Tuesday) and then spoke to newsmen about South East Asian neutrality.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): TUN RAZAK: "As I said many times on this matter, the whole issue depends on the attitude of the big so called powers, of China, of United States and Russia. Now it depends largely on attitude of China and United States. We are happy with the latest development that there's a possibility of change in policy on the part of the United States and we hope that the two countries can have a dialogue in which case it would be possible to discuss this position of South East Asia. We would like South East Asia to be free from interferences of all three powers and we don't want to be made the balance of big power conflict. And we feel that if we can be declared a neutral zone then we can be free from big powers conflict.
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Background: Malaysia's Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, at present on a European tour, met President Pompidou of France today (Tuesday) and then spoke to newsmen about South East Asian neutrality. It's been a recurring topic during the Prime Minister's tour....and today he called on the "big three" nations (China, U.S.A. and the Soviet Union) to work towards declaring South East Asia a neutral region.
SYNOPSIS: Malaysia's Prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, has met France's President Pompidou during a visit to Paris. At the meeting, the Prime Minister once again talked of his hopes for South East Asia to be neutral region.
Tun Razak also said that President Pompidou had agreed with most of the "neutrality" points raised during the discussions and had promised France would do everything possible to help. From France, Tun Razak will go to West Germany to continue his discussions. He is expected to leave for home at the end of the week.