Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath left for Paris on Wednesday (19 May) for talks with France's President Georges Pompidou.
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MV Prior speaking (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MR. HEATH: "We have an historic opportunity. If we fail to seize this opportunity, then I believe that future generations across Western Europe will condemn us all for our narrowness of mind, our shortness of sight, our trepidation of spirit. For it is not only our own well-being, but that of future generations that will be jeopardised. But if we succeed, then we will have shown ourselves worthy successors of those, who through the centuries, have built the institutions, the traditions, and indeed the very civilisation itself of Western Europe."
SEQ. 4: MR. PRIOR: "It is not just a matter of trade, it is one of family ties and responsibility. There is a debt of honour here, which we would not disregard. That is why we are determined to reach acceptable terms for New Zealand, and why we intend to protect the sugar industry of the developing Commonwealth. Now those who doubt our will and determination to look after these Commonwealth countries do no service to themselves or their country. They are saying in effect that you cannot trust Britain. They show less faith in us, then the New Zealanders are showing in us."
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Background: Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath left for Paris on Wednesday (19 May) for talks with France's President Georges Pompidou. The talks will centre on Britain's bid to join the Common Market, which has been frustrated in the past by French objections.
Earlier on Wednesday, at a political meeting of Conservative Party women, Mr. Health urged Europe to achieve by cooperation what Napoleon and Hitler failed to attain by conquest--European unity. Following Mr. Heath's address, Britain's Minister of Agriculture, James Prior, spoke of Britain's obligation to help New Zealand. Britain's large importation of New Zealand dairy products is a crucial issue in the Common Market talks on Britain's entry.