• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, MAY 17 - HIS FIRST MEETING WITH THE PRESS SINCE THE UNITED STATES, RESPONDING TO A CALL BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THAILAND; SENT TROOPS INTO THAT COUNTRY TO DEFEND THE NORTHEAST BORDER AGAINST POSSIBLE INCURSIONS BY PRO-COMMUNIST FORCES FROM LAOS.

  • Description


    Q:- ".... SPECIFICALLY, DO YOU FEEL THAT WE HAVE INCREASED THE CHANCES OF OUR GETTING CAUGHT IN A SHOOTING WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA?



    A:- "WE ARE CONTINUING TO HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE A NATIONAL - GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNION, WHICH HAS BEEN OUR POLICY, AS YOU KNOW, FOR A YEAR. WE ARE GOING INTO THAILAND AT THE DECISION OF THE THAI GOVERNMENT. OUR DECISION PROVIDES FOR THE DEFENCE OF THAILAND.



    THE LATEST INFORMATION INDICATES NO FURTHER BREACH OF THE CEASE-FIRE. WE ALSO HAVE INDICATIONS THAT THE THREE PRINCES WILL ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION SHORTLY. I HOPE THEY WILL PRODUCE A GOVERNMENT. THAT IS OUR OBJECT.



    AS I HAVE ALREADY INDICATED, THE GREAT HAZARD IS OF A SHOOTING WAR IN ASIA - IN THE JUNGLES OF ASIA - AND IT IS OUR OBJECT TO BRING ABOUT A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION WHICH WILL MAKE THE CHANGES OF SUCH A WAR FAR LESS LIKELY."



    Q:- "COULD YOU TELL US, PLEASE, WHAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER THE RESTORATION OF AN EFFECTIVE CEASE FIRE? WOULD THIS INVOLVE THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE COMMUNIST FORCES TO THE POSITION BEFORE THE ATTACK ON NAM THA, OR MORE OR LESS ACQUIESCENCE WHICH COULD PERMIT THE TALKING TO GO FORWARD...?"



    A:- "WE PREFER AS GREAT A WITHDRAWAL TO THE LINE THAT WAS IN EFFECT A WEEK OR SO AGO AS WE COULD GET. I WOULD THINK, HOWEVER, THAT A PEACE ALONG THE LINE WHICH NOW MAY EXIST, OF COURSE, IS ESSENTIAL."



    Q:- "WOULD YOU REVIEW FOR US THE CONSIDERATIONS THAT YOU HAD IN MIND LAST WEEK-END WHEN YOU TOOK THIS RATHER SWIFT ACTION TO MOVE AMERICAN TROOPS INTO THAILAND?"



    A:- "WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE BREACH OF THE CEASE-FIRE, THE SIGN OF DETERIORATION IN LAOS WHICH BROUGHT COMMUNIST FORCES TO THE BORDER OF THAILAND UP IN THE - NEAR THE MEKONG RIVER SECTION OF - NOT TOO FAR FROM NAM THA, AND WE DID NOT KNOW WHETHER THIS WAS AN INDICATION OF A GENERAL BREACH OF THE CEASE FIRE, WHICH, OF COURSE, WOULD IMMEDIATELY IMPERIL THAILAND. SO THAT IN OUR DESIRE TO STABILIZE THE SITUATION WE GOT IN TOUCH WITH THE GOVERNMENT, WHICH WAS ALREADY IN TOUCH WITH US, AND WORKED OUT THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION."




    Initials JRG/S/MGT/CUB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, MAY 17 - HIS FIRST MEETING WITH THE PRESS SINCE THE UNITED STATES, RESPONDING TO A CALL BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THAILAND; SENT TROOPS INTO THAT COUNTRY TO DEFEND THE NORTHEAST BORDER AGAINST POSSIBLE INCURSIONS BY PRO-COMMUNIST FORCES FROM LAOS.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB2JHKE4MK7SD9SJ8S7RQII5OA
    Media URN:
    VLVAB2JHKE4MK7SD9SJ8S7RQII5OA
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment