In London on Tuesday (7 Sept) Mr. Reginald Maudling, Britain's Home Secretary announced his intention?
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SV Interior, Home Secretary, Mr. Maudling
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): (REPORTER): "What type of new initiatives Mr. Maudling are you putting forward?
(MAUDLING) "I think a very important one indeed we are proposing with the agreement of the government of Northern Ireland a series of talks under my chairmanship involving the Northern Ireland government, members of the Northern Ireland parliament, and representatives of both the minority and the majority community. I think this is now the time to see whether we cannot between us bring an end to the tragedy of Northern Ireland.
(REPORTER) "What type of representatives exactly would you expect and accept to come forward?
(MAUDLING) "Well really fundamentally of course parliamentarians, politicians, but of course I'd like to see representatives of other walks of life who have a contribution to make. The only people I'd bar are those who are trying to bring down democracy by violence.
(REPORTER) "Would you be prepared for instance to discuss any change in the electoral system to proportion representation which might give the balance....
(MAUDLING)....Yes, certainly. It has been discussed quite a bit. It's the sort of thing which might well be discussed in this context.
(REPORTER) "If these talks don't get off the ground pretty quickly what do you see as the imminent danger?
(MAUDLING) "Well, you can see the danger for yourself. It's there already.
(REPORTER) "Civil War perhaps?
(MAUDLING) "No. I don't like that phrase. I don't think it should be used. The danger of continuing bombing, continuing violence, continuing fear...and fear feeding on fear. This is an opportunity to stop that process. Everyone should do the bet they can to make it successful."
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Background: In London on Tuesday (7 Sept) Mr. Reginald Maudling, Britain's Home Secretary announced his intention to try to arrange talks to find ways, within the constitutional and democratic framework, of giving representatives of minority groups in Northern Ireland...as well as the majority community there.. "an active permanent and guaranteed role in the life and public affairs of Northern Ireland." Mr. Maudling's suggesting that the talks should be between both sides of the Stormon Parliament, and other representatives of both communities in Ulster, and be chaired by him. The precondition is that all concerned agree there can be no support for, or tolerance of, violence....and that civil disobedience should be discontinued. BBC reporter David Tindall is heard in this film questioning Mr. Maudling about the talks.