Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the British Foreign Secretary, said on Wednesday (October 7) that it was not yet time for Britain to decide on arms sales to South Africa.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: SIR ALEC: "It is not yet time for the government to take its decision on the sale of arms and the context of this agreement and in the context of the defence of the sea routes, more consultations with South Africa and with the Commonwealth heads of state and the Prime Ministers are due. But one thing has been said, to which I must draw the attention of this audience. It has been said that if we were to decide on the provision of armaments -- even if they were limited to the defence of the sea-routes -- Britain would be taking a racialist side. So I say, with absolute confidence, that there is not a member of the African or Asian Commonwealth, old or new, which does not know in its heart that such an accusation is totally untrue. "
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Background: Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the British Foreign Secretary, said on Wednesday (October 7) that it was not yet time for Britain to decide on arms sales to South Africa. Sir Alec was addressing a conference of the Commonwealth Press Union in Gleneagles, Scotland.
Addressing over 100 delegates from 15 countries, Sir Alec called for an end to speculation about a Commonwealth break-up over the issue.