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    IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FILMED BY VISNEWS IN SALISBURY, DEC 10, THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE FEDERATION OF RHODESIA AND NYASALAND, SIR ROY WELENSKY, STRONGLY ATTACKED THE BRITISH PLAN TO SEND TWENTY-FOUR 1,000lb BOMBS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FORCES FIGHTING PRESIDENT TSHOMBE IN KATANGA.

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    TRANSCRIPT: SIR ROY: "WELL I DON'T KNOW THAT I CONSIDER THE STATEMENT A VERY STRONG ONE. I EXPRESSED THE VIEWS, THAT I KNOW ARE SHARED BY A GREAT MANY PEOPLE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD, THAT, THE ACT OF SENDING THESE BOMBS WAS A WRONG ONE. WE FEEL VERY STRONGLY THAT THE FIGHTING IN KATANGA IN ITSELF IS BAD ENOUGH. TO USE BOMBS OF THIS QUALITY AND SIZE DOES MEAN IN FACT THAT THIS IS REAL WAR AND THIS IS NOT NECESSARY."




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    Background: IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FILMED BY VISNEWS IN SALISBURY, DEC 10, THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE FEDERATION OF RHODESIA AND NYASALAND, SIR ROY WELENSKY, STRONGLY ATTACKED THE BRITISH PLAN TO SEND TWENTY-FOUR 1,000lb BOMBS TO THE UNITED NATIONS FORCES FIGHTING PRESIDENT TSHOMBE IN KATANGA. DURING THE PAST YEAR OF DISPUTE BETWEEN THE KATANGA GOVERNMENT AND THE UNITED NATIONS SIR ROY HAS SEVERAL TIMES ATTACKED THE ACTION TAKEN BY THE UN IN THE CONGO.

    SHORTLY BEFORE THE INTERVIEW WAS FILMED SIR ROY HAD ISSUED A STATEMENT WHICH ANNOUNCED THAT HE HAD INFORMED THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT THAT HE WOULD NOT ALLOW THE BOMBS TO BE TRANSPORTED "ACROSS ONE INCH OF FEDERAL SOIL". IN THE INTERVIEW HE WAS ASKED TO ENLARGE ON HIS STRONG STATEMENT.

    ON DEC 11, THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT SURPRISED THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN LONDON, BY ANNOUNCING THAT NO BOMBS WOULD BE SENT TO KATANGA UNTIL THE HOUSE DEBATED THE ISSUE ON DEC 14. EVEN THEN THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT RELEASE THE BOMBS UNTIL THE UNITED NATIONS HAS MADE THEIR KATANGA POLICIES COMPLETELY CLEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA97SRY2VOJR9LJCIO74703AKJP
    Media URN:
    VLVA97SRY2VOJR9LJCIO74703AKJP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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