• Short Summary

    TWO PRINCIPAL SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE OF NON-ALIGNED NATIONS BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, SEPTEMBER 2, WERE PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA AND PRIME MINISTER NEHRU OF INDIA.

  • Description

    TWO PRINCIPAL SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE OF NON-ALIGNED NATIONS BELGRADE, YUGOSLAVIA, SEPTEMBER 2, WERE PRESIDENT NKRUMAH OF GHANA AND PRIME MINISTER NEHRU OF INDIA. BOTH EXPRESSED "SHOCK" AT THE SOVIET UNION'S DECISION TO RESUME NUCLEAR TESTS, AND EMPHASISED THE URGENCY FOR GENERAL DISARMAMENT.

    PRESIDENT NKRUMAH SAID:- "MR. CHAIRMAN, IT IS VITAL TO EMPHASISE THIS PROBLEM OF DISARMAMENT, AND I SUGGEST THAT THIS CONFERENCE SHOULD CALL UPON THE POWERS OF THE WORLD TO DISARM. THEY MUST DISARM IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE UNABLE TO STRIKE AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND MR. CHAIRMAN, FROM THIS CONFERENCE LET US GIVE THEM A POSITIVE MOTION, IF THEY WANT PEACE, STOP PREPARING FOR WAR. WHY PEACE, PEACE, AND YET THERE IS NO PEACE. ONLY LAST NIGHT, THE SOVIET UNION EXPLODED A NUCLEAR DEVICE. THIS IS A SHOCK TO ME, AS IT MUST HAVE BEEN TO YOU ALL, BUT IT IS A SHOCK WHICH, POSSIBLY, WILL BRING HOME TO US THE SUPREME DANGERS TO MANKIND. THE IMPERATIVE NECESSITY OF PEACE, AND THE URGENT NEED TO SIGN A TREATY FOR PEACE AND GENERAL DISARMAMENT."
    THE GHANAIAN LEADER OFFERED ACCRA AS A PLACE FOR A MEETING BETWEEN PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND MR. KHRUSHCHEV. HE APPEALED TO THE TWO LEADERS TO MEET AGAIN SOMEWHERE TO TALK ABOUT BERLIN AND THE GERMAN PROBLEM.

    PRIME MINISTER NEHRU SAID:- "THIS, TO-DAY, IS FAR THE MOST DANGEROUS SITUATION THAT HAS ARISEN IN THE LAST FIFTEEN YEARS, OR SO, SINCE THE LAST/WAR ENDED. NOW, WE ALL TALK, IT HAS BECOME A COMMONPLACE FOR PEOPLE IN EVERY COUNTRY TO DEFER TO THE DANGERS OF MODERN NUCLEAR WARFARE. ALTHOUGH, WE TALK ABOUT IT, I AM NOT SO SURE THAT EVEN THOSE WHO TALK ABOUT THIS, FULLY AND EMOTIONALLY REALISE WHAT THIS MEANS. TALK ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF CIVILISATION, THE DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY OF THE HUMAN RACE, IF NUCLEAR WAR COMES. WELL, IF THAT IS SO, THEN THAT REQUIRES SOMETHING MUCH MORE, SOME GREATER EFFORT, SOME GREATER ATTEMPT ON OUR PART TO TRY TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO AVOID IT. I KNOW THAT THE KEYS TO THE SITUATION DOES NOT LIE IN THE HANDS OF THIS CONGRESS, OR ANY OTHER CONGRESS, OR GO CONFERENCE. THE KEY TO THE SITUATION TODAY, LIES IN THE HANDS OF TWO GREAT POWERS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND SOVIET UNION."

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    Film ID:
    VLVABE0Z8EOT3FUBS9ZPWXMKUG5PM
    Media URN:
    VLVABE0Z8EOT3FUBS9ZPWXMKUG5PM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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