New Zealand Prime Minister Mr. K. Holyoake arrived in Bangkok March 25 to attend the?
MS Holyoake walking towards Terminal Building in Bangkok.
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MLS. Holyoake inside V.I.P. Room with press.
MS SOF BEGINS: "When I was the Leader of the Opposition....." SOF ENDS "....the pending SEATO Conference."
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: Mr. Holyoake said: "When I was the Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand I made a private visit to attend the South-East Asian countries including Thailand and Laos. This of course gives me much closer appreciation of the problems of the whole of this areas and in the case of Laos in particular. Laos is a small country. So is New Zealand. Perhaps being a small country we New Zealanders can understand and may appreciate the problems of smaller countries more readily perhaps than some of the bigger powers. The present situation in Laos is of course troubled one and is a very frightful position and has dangerous possibilities not just for this area but to the whole of the Pacific and other world. Any threat to any country in this area we believe is a threat to every country in the whole of the Pacific including New Zealand. We appreciate the situation we should strive in every way for an immediate ceasefire - an establishment of a stable government, a very much more widely represented government in Laos and then guaranteeing the stability and neutrality of Laos is a whole. this should be done by all countries by the big powers and I believe, and we believe in New Zealand, that the SEATO Organization has a very real and a very vital part to play in that. And I believe and hope that something really worth-while will come out of the pending SEATO Conference."
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Background: New Zealand Prime Minister Mr. K. Holyoake arrived in Bangkok March 25 to attend the SEATO Conference of Ministers, beginning March 27 and lasting till the end of the month.
In an SOF interview (conducted by Mr. Derek Round of the New Zealand Press Association in Bangkok) and in reply to the question: "I understand you visited Laos as a leader of the Opposition last year",