• Short Summary

    BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTER MR. HAROLD WATKINSON MET HIS COUNTERPARTS FROM AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN?

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    BRITISH DEFENCE MINISTER MR. HAROLD WATKINSON MET HIS COUNTERPARTS FROM AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND IN SINGAPORE ON MARCH 23 TO DISCUSS PROPOSALS FOR AN UNIFIED FAR EASTERN DEFENCE COMMAND.

    THE MEETING HELD AT "EDEN HALL" THE RESIDENCE OF THE COMMISSIONER GENERAL FOR SOUTH EAST ASIA LORD SELKIRK WHERE MR. WATKINSON IS STAYING AS THE GUEST.

    THE FIRST TO ARRIVE FOR THE MEETING WAS THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE MINISTER MR. A. TOWNLEY, WHO HAD EARLIER FLOWN IN FROM AUSTRALIA. THE NEXT TO ARRIVE WAS THE NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE MINISTER MR. D. J. EYRE.

    BEFORE THEY BEGAN THEIR CONFERENCE, THE THREE DEFENCE MINISTERS AND LORD SELKIRK POSED FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

    ON HIS ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE THIS AFTERNOON FROM MALAYA MR. WATKINSON SAID: "IN SINGAPORE, I LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING MR. TOWNLEY AND MR. EYRE, MY AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND COLLEAGUES, WHO HAVE BEEN GOOD ENOUGH TO ACCEPT MY INVITATION TO MEET ME HERE. WE SHALL HAVE MEETINGS WITH THE COMMISSIONER-GENERAL, STARTING THIS AFTERNOON, AND WITH THE COMMANDERS-IN-CHIEF. GENERAL DEFENCE PROBLEMS IN THE FAR EAST THEATRE WILL BE DISCUSSED, INCLUDING OF COURSE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE DECISION TO INTRODUCE UNIFIED COMMAND HERE".

    MR. WATKINSON WHO IS ON A TWO-WEEK TOUR OF NEAR AND MIDDLE EAST COMMANDS WILL BE LEAVING SINGAPORE ON MARCH 27 FOR GAN AND EDEN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF56HH5FQROPXZARA78KRHJFDO
    Media URN:
    VLVAF56HH5FQROPXZARA78KRHJFDO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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