Senator Edward Kennedy, who returned to the United States this week after a tour of Pakistani refugee camps in India, has urged an end to arms shipments to the Pakistan Government - and an end to all economic support for its Government.
LV & SV Kennedy on dais addressing National Press Club and Pressmen listening
TRANSCRIPT: KENNEDY (SEQ. 1)
"We must do an about-face in our relations with the nations in the area. Most important, our Government must stop preaching restraint to India and start showing restraint ourselves towards Pakistan. We must end immediately all further U.S. arms shipments to West Pakistan. We must end all other economic support of a regime that continues to violate the most basic principals of humanity. We must demonstrate to the Generals of West Pakistan and the peoples of the world that the United States has a deep and abiding revulsion for the monumental slaughter that has ravaged East Bengal. My experience in the field last week has strengthened these views immensely. Though America, who has seen the faces of children too weak to cry, too tired to live, too shocked to care, could settle for less -- and no American would recommend less against a Government that tries a political leader in secret, and, as many fear, may put him to death for the crime of winning a free election."
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Background: Senator Edward Kennedy, who returned to the United States this week after a tour of Pakistani refugee camps in India, has urged an end to arms shipments to the Pakistan Government - and an end to all economic support for its Government. speaking to the National Press Club in Washington, he accused the Pakistan Government of "ravaging East Pakistan" in a "monumental slaughter", and he said it violated all the most basic principals of humanity. Senator Kennedy, a Democrat, also said the U.S. Government should consider breaking diplomatic relations with Pakistan.
This film shows an extract from Senator Kennedy's speech.