Pakistan announced on Monday (12 March) that it was pulling out of the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO).
LV PAN FROM Ankara street TO CENTO headquarters (2 shots)
SV PAN Iran and pakistan flags flying with those of other members nations
SV & CU INTERIOR Flags and names of the five CENTO nations (including Iran and pakistan)
SV PAN Turkish soldiers at base of flagpoles
CU Soldier folding Pakistan flag
LV INTERIOR Newsmen seated at table in Pakistan Foreign office with Presidential adviser on Foreign Affairs, Agha Shahi, Foreign Secretary and other officers
CU Mr. Shahi listens to question and replies in english as newsmen take notes (3 shots)
REPORTER: "Is this the consequence of (indistinct) between Pakistan and Iran?"
SHAHI: "Pakistan, according to the Foreign Minister, as set out in the statement, has decided on this course, following consultations with its friends, regional and non-regional members, as far back as July, when we went to attend the non-aligned conference as a guest. But, at that time, the Iranian ... the then Iranian government wished that we should have further consultations. And, owning to internal situation in iran, this could not really take place. And, meanwhile, we had consulted with all the other allies, that is the regional as well as non-regional members. And, following the revolution in Iran, the Shapur Bakhtiar government made a statement that it would withdraw from CENT. And the then Foreign Minister of Iran, notified, I should say, the American Charge d'Affaires in Iran that Iran had decided to terminate its membership. With the intention of Iran to withdraw, the pact lost its meaning."
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Background: Pakistan announced on Monday (12 March) that it was pulling out of the Central Treaty Organisation (CENTO). Foreign Affairs adviser Agha Shahi told a news conference in Islamabad that the five-member alliance was longer relevant to Pakistan's security needs. Iran has also announced in would leave the alliance.
SYNOPSIS: The CENTO headquarters are in the Turkish capital of Ankara. The secretary-general of the alliance, General Kamuran Gurun,said from here on Tuesday (13 March) he had not been officially told that Pakistan and Iran were quitting, although the media had already reported the two withdrawals.
The moves had left Turkey as the only regional member of CENTO, which was set up in 1955. Britain in the other full member, and the United States has associate status.
Mr. Shahi announced Pakistan's decision to the news conference in the Foreign Office at Islamabad.