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    In Geneva, the United Nations conference called to discuss the problems of more than 250,000 Indo-chinese refugees ended on Wednesday (13 December) with a positive summation by the High Commissioner, Mr.

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    CU ZOOM OUT TO LV AND CU'S Group of Vietnamese refugees keeping vigil in the Place des Nations outside United Nations building in Geneva.

    SV INTERIOR, Poul Hartling, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, addressing press conference in English

    CU PAN Newsmen seated

    SV & CU Malaysian Home Affairs Minister, tan Sri Shafie, speaking in English (3 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: HARTLING: "Certainly we could say it was success. There were many positive factors. Well, the first thing is that we came together; that it took place. That so many governments, and the first time ever, came together (indistinct) in many cases to come here and sit for two days, and sit and discuss in a practical and pragmatic way how to solve this problem. And I think the thing is that now, we know better the different points of view."

    SEQ. 4: SHAFIE: "Well, as you may recall,that, when I came here, I came here with a very specific thought in my mind:that we ought to get more commitment, and we should not be left with problems (indistinct). And I think the statements made by the High Commissioner would have given you an indication of the role of the conference, considering this matter. With regard to the pledges and commitments, the question you asked me, sir, I think it is still grossly inadequate. I think, if you earnestly consider this problem, I think you consider the number of people, and the vast areas that could be used for the resettlement of these people. We have yet to draw up a motion. You see, we're the processing centre which is recognised by a number of countries. Who would have given pledges to the country in which the centre is sited, that there be no refugees in a specific period? In other words, the refugee who goes into the centre will leave within a specific period, two years, three years, five years, call it what you will. But will leave within that specific period because, during that period, all the countries concerned with this conception; that is looking after this fact, would have found for these refugees - a home. And therefore, there will be no refugees. this is an on-going programme. It may last ten year, fifteen years, but no-one will ever be in that camp for more than the period to place him. That is the purpose of this exercise."

    Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kurt Waldheim,will visit Cambodia and several other South-East Asian countries early in the New Year to look into the Indo-China refugee problem. Dr. Waldheim is under-stook to be discussing the prospects for visiting Vietnam. Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia were among the nations certain to be included in his itinerary.

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    Background: In Geneva, the United Nations conference called to discuss the problems of more than 250,000 Indo-chinese refugees ended on Wednesday (13 December) with a positive summation by the High Commissioner, Mr. Poul Hartling. But the Malaysian Home Minister, Mr. Tan Sri Ghazali, said that there had not been a solution to the problem of countries such as his, which are the landing points for people fleeing their own countries. The conference announced pledges of 80,000 places for refugees in new countries and 12 million dollars to help resettle them.

    SYNOPSIS: A group of Vietnamese refugees kept vigil in the Place des Nations during the conference. They were demonstrating their support for others who wish to leave Vietnam,and requested that they be given asylum and an opportunity to be re-united with their families abroad. Inside,Mr. Poul Hartling addressed newsman about the conference.

    The Malaysian Home Affairs Minister, Mr. Tan Sri Shafie, then spoke.

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