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    NEW ZEALAND'S GOVERNOR-GENERAL, SIR BERNARD FERGUSSON, OPENED THE ELEVENTH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN WELLINGTON ON TUESDAY.

  • Description

    NEW ZEALAND'S GOVERNOR-GENERAL, SIR BERNARD FERGUSSON, OPENED THE ELEVENTH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN WELLINGTON ON TUESDAY. THE MEETING, ATTENDED BY PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM ALL OVER THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH, MET WITH THE PROBLEMS OF RHODESIA UPPERMOST IN MOST DELEGATES' MINDS. THE OFFICIAL OPENING SESSION, IN PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS, WAS PRECEDED BY A PARADE OF SOLDIERS IN THE PARLIAMENT GROUNDS AND A FLY-PAST BY JET AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND AIR FORCE.

    THE SESSION BEGAN WITH A SPEECH OF WELCOME FROM MR. BLAIR TENNENT, CHAIRMAN OF THIS YEAR'S CONFERENCE. THEN SIR BERNARD FERGUSSON ROSE TO SPEAK. HE TOLD DELEGATES IT WOULD BE DISASTROUS IF THE COMMONWEALTH FAILED IN ITS EFFORTS TO BUILD UP WORLD PEACE. HE SAID THAT MEMBER COUNTRIES MUST DIRECT ALL THEIR EFFORTS TOWARDS BUILDING UP A RECONCILIATION BETWEEN NATIONS AND RACES. SIR BERNARD APPEALED TO PARLIAMENTARIANS TO CONCENTRATE "NOT ON MATTERS ABOUT WHICH YOU ARE BOUND TO DISAGREE, BUT ON THINGS YOU HAVE IN COMMON." HE TOLD THEM: "YOU ARE HERE TO BUILD UP, NOT TO BREAK DOWN."
    SPEAKING LATER, AFRICAN DELEGATES TO THE CONFERENCE EXPRESSED DOUBT WHETHER A BRITISH TOKEN FORCE IN ZAMBIA COULD DO MUCH TO SOLVE THE RHODESIA CRISIS. THE FOLLOWING DAY THE LEADER OF ZAMBIA'S DELEGATION WALKED OUT WHILE THE HEAD OF THE BRITISH DELEGATION, MR. SHINWELL WAS SPEAKING. MR. SHINWELL HAD JUST SAID THAT PEACE AND FREEDOM IN THE ABSENCE OF CONFLICT WERE AMONG THE HIGHEST OF BRITISH PRINCIPLES, AND THE USE OF FORCE IN THE PRESENT SITUATION WOULD NOT BE IN ACCORD WITH THOSE PRINCIPLES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVARQL2GBTKYN39NM8Y8KNODU6I
    Media URN:
    VLVARQL2GBTKYN39NM8Y8KNODU6I
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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