While Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath took time off on Sunday (17 Jan) to sail around Singapore's islands, President Milton Obote of Uganda gave a press conference in which he warned of the possible consequences to Britain of going ahead with the proposed sale of maritime arms to South Africa.
GV Obote and officials at table.
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SV Heath and party down steps to waterfront.
SV ZOOM into SCU Heath in small boat.
SV Boy paddling.
MLV Heath on yacht sailing away, followed by other boats.
TRANSCRIPT: OBOTE: (SEQ. 2) So far Mr Heath has not told me whether the British have interests in Uganda. I give you one example, namely that our trade with the rest of the world represents a strong British interest. We buy from the rest of the world, and British goods in Uganda amount to 40 per cent of what we buy from all countries in the world. I suppose that is a British interest. But it looks to me as if Mr Heath will have to tell me whether he is prepared to write off that interest, not only in Uganda but in other parts of Africa.
understand that a British newspaper has reported some contingent of British Navy near Mombasa. I can say that if that report is true, the British Navy near Mombasa is too near us for comfort.....in view of the present tense situation... in this conference.
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Background: While Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath took time off on Sunday (17 Jan) to sail around Singapore's islands, President Milton Obote of Uganda gave a press conference in which he warned of the possible consequences to Britain of going ahead with the proposed sale of maritime arms to South Africa.
The issue is expected to be the subject of a major debate tomorrow (Tuesday) among Commonwealth leaders at the conference. Dr. Obote gave a preview of his own attitude to the subject:
Mr. Heath has avoided making any direct statement on the issue in advance of the debate. Yesterday he went sailing around the Singapore islands in a sloop belonging to Air Marshal Sir Rochford Hughes, a New Zealander who is an adviser to Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.