Representatives from forty countries are participating in the International conference on the Indian Ocean being held in New Delhi from 14-17 November.
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CU Sign "Down with Imperialist bases in Indian Ocean" and "Dismantle US nuclear base in Diego Garcia" (2 shots)
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SV Indian External Afrirs Minister Chavan garlanded.
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CU Chavan speaks
MR. CHAVAN: "As far as India is concerned, I would once again appeal for sincere co-operation of all concerned in making the Indian Ocean a zone of peace and tranquillity which will not only contribute to the security, stability and progress of the region but also serve the wider cause of world peace. It is hardly necessary to emphasise that the Indian Ocean and what goes on in it is not the concern of India alone but is also the concern of the littoral and hinterland States of the Indian Ocean and, if I may say so, is the concern of the international community as a whole".
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This film includes an excerpt from Mr. Chavan's speech in English. A transcript is given below.
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Background: Representatives from forty countries are participating in the International conference on the Indian Ocean being held in New Delhi from 14-17 November. The aims of the Conference are to make the Indian Ocean a neutral zone free of foreign bases.
The Conference, organised jointly by the World Peace Council and the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organisation, was inaugurated on Thursday (14 November) by Indian External Affairs Minister Mr. Y.B. Chevan. Mr. Chavan stressed that the Indian Ocean should be a zone of peace and tranquillity. He said that this would contribute to the security, stability and progress of the region and to world peace.
The Conference is due to condemn the suspected building of a US nuclear base on the island of Diago Garcia and to discuss the question of other foreign military bases in the Indian Ocean.