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    THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MINISTER, MR. MALCOLM FRASER YESTERDAY (MONDAY), TOURED FORWARD POSITIONS IN SARAWAK MANNED?

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    THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY MINISTER, MR. MALCOLM FRASER YESTERDAY (MONDAY), TOURED FORWARD POSITIONS IN SARAWAK MANNED BY UNITS OF THE FOURTH AUSTRALIAN BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT. EARLIER, HE WAS BRIEFED ON THE LATEST SITUATION ALONG THE FRONTIER AT THE BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS IN KUCHING, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL.

    ONE OF THE FORWARD POSITIONS HE VISITED WAS THE REGIMENT HEADQUARTERS AT BAU DISTRICT, IN THE FIRST DIVISION. THE HELICOPTER HE TRAVELLED IN WAS HEAVILY GUARDED AS IT HAD TO FLY OVER DENSE JUNGLE -- KNOWN HIDEOUT OF SARAWAK COMMUNISTS.

    BAU, SITUATED ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTHWEST OF KUCHING, WAS ONCE A HOTBED OF INDONESIAN AND SARAWAK COMMUNIST ACTIVITIES. THE SITUATION IN THE AREA HAS IMPROVED FOLLOWING RECENT SUCCESSFUL PEACE TALKS AT BANGKOK BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS THAT SOME INDONESIAN TROOPS HAVE WITHDRAWN FROM THEIR FORWARD POSITIONS.

    AT THE REGIMENT HEADQUARTERS, MR. FRASER HAD LUNCH WITH ONE OF THE FORWARD COMPANIES. HE MIXED FREELY WITH THE MEN AND CHATTED FOR A CONSIDERABLE LENGTH OF TIME.

    (MR. FRASER IS NOW VISITING SINGAPORE. BUT WHEN HE ARRIVED IN SARAWAK ON SUNDAY TO BEGIN HIS TOUR OF FORWARD POSITIONS, HE TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE THAT AUSTRALIA'S FUTURE WAS CLOSELY LINKED WITH SOUTH-EAST ASIAN COUNTRIES. WHEN ASKED WHETHER AUSTRALIAN TROOPS WOULD WITHDRAW FROM MALAYSIA AFTER AN END TO INDONESIA'S CONFRONTATION, HE SAID THAT WAS A MATTER TO BE DISCUSSED BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENTS CONCERNED AND IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS PRESENT VISIT. HOWEVER, HE POINTED OUT THAT AUSTRALIAN FORCES WERE STATIONED IN MALAYSIA EVEN BEFORE CONFRONTATION AS PART OF THE FAR EAST STRATEGIC RESERVE.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVADKUDKOXV6DPGVUDXWWWJTP1MK
    Media URN:
    VLVADKUDKOXV6DPGVUDXWWWJTP1MK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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