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    Kennedy speaks on UN crisis, the Troika plan, nuclear weapons testing and the Berlin crisis.

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    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    American newsreel item. Title reads: "Hour of Challenge - Kennedy Speaks Before The U.N."

    New York City, United States of America / USA

    CU Exterior UNO / United Nations Organisation building. MS UNO flag at half mast in mourning for the death of the UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold, with UN building in background. LS General Assembly of the UN meeting. LS Pan as US President John F Kennedy enters and walks to rostrum. The assembly rise to give standing ovation.

    CU Kennedy speaking on future of United Nations. (Sync Sound) "Dag Hammarskjold is dead but the United Nations lives. His tragedy is deep in our hearts but the tasks for which he died are at the top of our agenda. A noble servant of peace is gone but the quest for peace lies before us. The problem is not the death of one man, the problem is the life of this organisation. It will either grow to meet the challenges of our age or it will be gone with the wind." He cautions against letting the United Nations die. MS Pan down row of delegates. Commentary tells us Kennedy rejects Soviet plan for three man body of Western, Soviet and Neutral parties to replace post of Secretary General. LS Kennedy speaking on "Troika" plan (Sync Sound): "Even the three horses of the Troika could not have three drivers, they had only one and so must the United Nations Executive." LS Nuclear H Bomb exploding. MS Kennedy speaking on atom bomb tests. "Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident, by miscalculation or by madness. The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us."

    Aerial shot, flying over section of Berlin. Two street scenes in Berlin. MS Pan along section of boundary wall between East and West. MS Kennedy speaking on Berlin situation (Sync Sound). "If there is a dangerous crisis in Berlin ,and there is one, it is because of threats against the vital interests and the deep commitments of the Western powers and the freedom of West Berlin. We cannot yield these interests, we cannot fail these commitments, we cannot surrender the freedom of these people for whom we are responsible." (Applause.) Speech continues.

    LS General assembly. Commentary relates Kennedy's speech saying, US have both will and weapons to resist aggression and that this generation would be remembered for plunging the world into crisis or vowing to saving the planet from war. MS. Kennedy speaking, saying: "... I pledge you every effort that this nation possesses. I pledge you that we shall neither commit nor provoke aggression. That we shall neither flee nor invoke the threat of force, that we shall never negotiate out of fear and we shall never fear to negotiate. LS Kennedy speaking: "Ladies and Gentleman of the Assembly, the decision is ours... Together we shall save our planet or together we shall perish in its flames. Save it we can and save it we must. Then we shall earn the eternal thanks of mankind and as peacemakers the eternal blessing of God." LS Pan over Assembly applauding.

    Note: Date on original paperwork: 25/09/1961. American commentary.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:28:00 / 01:41:58:00
    UN 3543 C

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