Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said in New Delhi on Friday (April 28) that there could only be a normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan if India was sure it would not be invaded again.
GV Ashoaka Hotel
GV INT. Belkind presents Mrs. Gandhi with cartoon painting of her and President Nixon..
...SOF STARTS... "And we hope....
SOF ENDS: "...to C.I.A. ball."
SV Members of the press ...silent shot.
SCU Mrs. Gandhi
SOF STARTS..."As you know....
SOF ENDS: "... different attitude."
BELKIND: "And we hope you will accept it as a remembrance of this day with us....PAUSE....for those of you can't see it, it was an original cartoon published in the Indian press a few weeks ago. And appropriately enough, it has an international theme, showing Prime Minister Gandhi and President Nixon as it says -- "Eyeball to C.I.A. ball."
GANDHI: "As you know, we can have normalisation only if we are sure there is not going to be another invasion of our country. There should to some indication that there is a desire for normalisation, and that the old postures are changing. Even now, although we have very limited news about actual talks, we have all seen what the Pakistani Press is saying. Now that kind of propaganda, even at a time like this, well, it doesn't close the credibility gap, put it that way as to their intentions. And it was our press, as you know it's a free press, we haven't told them they should say one thing or another. But the print associations have been cooperative on this particular occasion because they do, I think, they appreciate the need of the two countries having better relations. So all the press, without any kind of prompting from us, has on the whole taken a very positive attitude, whereas in Pakistan, which has not an entirely free press, as you know they have many restrictions, they have taken quite a different attitude."
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Background: Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi said in New Delhi on Friday (April 28) that there could only be a normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan if India was sure it would not be invaded again.
She told a luncheon meeting of the Foreign Correspondents Association of South Asia that she hoped the two countries could agree on a durable peace plan for the sub-continent.
With talks between Indian and Pakistani emissaries now in progress in Muree, Pakistan, Mrs. Gandhi declined to comment on the substance of the discussions.
Before the start of the question and answer session, the Indian Prime Minister received a cartoon drawn by one of the members showing Mrs. Gandhi and U.S. President Richard Nixon. The cartoon was presented by the Association President Mr. Marvin Belkind of the United States.