New Zealand Premier, Walter Nash, was interviewed at London Airport, Nov. 3, on his way back from the United States.
New Zealand Premier, Walter Nash, was interviewed at London Airport, Nov. 3, on his way back from the United States. In answer to questions on Laos he said, he thought there was "very little, if any danger to peace from Communist China" to the little kingdom.
Laos, he emphasized, had not been attacked from outside, although Communist supporters may have received some aid from the Viet Minh in North Vietnam, and slight help from Chinese in North Laos. But the help, he thought, had been comparatively small.
He had studied the Laotian question thoroughly, and could see no evidence of external aggression against Laos, either by China or the Viet Mind. "The disturbances were caused by the Communist Pathet Lao, which formerly worked with the Government but now form a rebel group in two provinces in north-East Laos".
Setting up of the United Nations Mission" was the best thing that had been done," he said. This had relieved the strain felt by the Laotian Government. "I think the problem might be solved in a reasonable time without any major conflict of any type."
With reference to Britain's recent butter shortage, Mr. Nash assured; "You can have all the butter we've got. Britain has played the game in the past with New Zealand, concerning the opposition from other countries in the export of butter to Britain."
Mr. Nash who attended the annual ANZUS Pact conference in New York, will stay in London until Nov. 9, and is expected to have talks with Premier Macmillan. After his return to New Zealand, he will attend a conference of the Colombo Plan nations in Indonesia.