UNITED NATIONS (GENEVA)
Australian Foreign Minister Bill Hayden appealed on August 7 for an end to what he dalled "the paralysis of disarmament negotiations" between the two superpowers.
UNITED NATIONS (GENEVA)
1. GV PAN Building INTERIOR of Conference chamber, Australian Foreign Minister, Bill Hayden, speaking 0.10
2. CU Hayden speaking (SOT) view of conference delegates (4 shots) 1.22
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO):
MR HAYDEN: "The experiment to be conducted later this year is an important test of the ability to pool seismic information from different parts of the world. Now, for my part, I come to the conference today to express some important concerns of the people of Australia. One is that they have a close interest and warm support for a conference whose sole obligation is to tackle the most urgent problem facing us. Even such conservative observers as Henry Kissinger, Lord Zuckerman, Robert MacNamara and academician Zelikov now admit that the build-up of nuclear arms by the great powers has gone beyond the bounds of rationality. Ordinary people everywhere look to this conference for solutions. We are therefore not academic observers of what goes on here in Geneva. You are discussing our fate and our lives too. Australia is no less vulnerable than Europe and North America in this nuclear age. The nuclear targeting doctrines of the great powers make it clear that the control, communications and intelligence functions of the kind of joint US-Australian facilities we have in our country could be targets as prime as any in the world."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS (GENEVA)
Australian Foreign Minister Bill Hayden appealed on August 7 for an end to what he dalled "the paralysis of disarmament negotiations" between the two superpowers. He was speaking at the 40-nation disarmament conference in Geneva, where he told delegates they were working too slowly, and stressed that ordinary people everywhere were watching the conference with considerable anxiety. He also emphasised the concern of Australian citizens at their vulnerability in event of a nuclear conflict. In a message to the United States government, he warned that Australia might not be able to hold off popular opposition to joint US-Australian facilities sited in his country if no progress towards disarmament were made. He also condemned the Soviet Union for thwarting moves towards a comprehensive nuclear test ban.
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