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    ADDRESSING SOME 2,000 POLITICAL AND PROFESSIONAL MEN AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR IN TUNIS AUGUST 11, PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA OF TUNISIA DENIED THAT HIS COUNTRY WAS APPROACHING AN ALLIANCE WITH THE SOVIET BLOC - "WE ARE NOT THROWING OURSELVES INTO THE ARMS OF THE RED BEAR", HE SAID.

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    ADDRESSING SOME 2,000 POLITICAL AND PROFESSIONAL MEN AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR IN TUNIS AUGUST 11, PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA OF TUNISIA DENIED THAT HIS COUNTRY WAS APPROACHING AN ALLIANCE WITH THE SOVIET BLOC - "WE ARE NOT THROWING OURSELVES INTO THE ARMS OF THE RED BEAR", HE SAID.

    ASSERTING THAT THERE WAS NO HARM IN ACCEPTING FOREIGN AID IF IT DID NOT MENACE TUNISIAN SOVEREIGNTY, THE PRESIDENT ADMITTED THAT TUNISIA'S QUEST FOR THE WITHDRAWAL OF FRENCH FORCES FROM BIZERTA COINCIDED WITH SOVIET INTERESTS. HE DECLARED: "WE HAVE ASKED FOR SOVIET AID TO OBTAIN THE EVACUATION OF BIZERTA. THIS EVACUATION SERVES THE INTERESTS OF TUNISIA AND OF RUSSIA. THAT IS WHY I AM IN AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA".

    PRESIDENT BOURGUIBA THOUGHT MR. ADLAI STEVENSON, THE UNITED STATES' DELEGATE TO THE UNITED NATIONS, WAS MISTAKEN IN SAYING THAT RECOURSE TO THE UN OVER THE BIZERTA DISPUTE WAS UNNECESSARY. HE SAID THE UN DEBATE WAS NECESSARY TO "SHOW WHO ARE OUR FRIENDS", FORCE THE AFRICAN AND ASIAN POWERS TO FACE THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES", INCREASE PRESSURE ON FRANCE AND BECAUSE "TUNISIA MUST EXHAUST ALL DIPLOMATIC MEANS TO OBTAIN FRENCH WITHDRAWAL FROM THE NATIONAL TERRITORY".

    THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED AUGUST 11 THAT ONE OF THE THREE PARACHUTE REGIMENTS SENT TO DEFEND THE BIZERTA NAVAL BASE LAST MONTH WOULD BE WITHDRAWN FROM TUNISIA "VERY SOON". THIS WAS THOUGHT TO BE AN ATTEMPT BY FRANCE TO RELAX TENSION IN THE CRISIS WITH TUNISIA..

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    Film ID:
    VLVAARXXRIXWZK2HIT015V5KHB0KK
    Media URN:
    VLVAARXXRIXWZK2HIT015V5KHB0KK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/08/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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