• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT KENNEDY DECLARED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE HOPED RUSSIA -- CO-CHAIRMAN WITH BRITAIN OF THE GENEVA CONFERENCE -- WOULD LIVE UP TO ITS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENT AND NEUTRALITY OF LAOS.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN INT..PRESS CONFERENCE.
    0.10

    2.
    GV KENNEDY WALKS TO DAIS.
    0.18

    3.
    SV KENNEDY ON DAIS.
    0.24

    4.
    SV PRESSMAN ASKS QUESTION. (USE MUTE): "MR. PRESIDENT, COULD YOU ACCESS FOR US THE RELATIVE THREATS POSED TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE SOVIET UNION CHINA".
    0.46

    5.
    SV KENNEDY ANSWERS: SOF IN "NO, I THINK IT WOULD BE...." SOF OUT "....IS ATTEMPTING TO DO."
    1.31

    6.
    GV PAN..PRESSMEN (USE MUTE.)
    1.35

    7.
    SV PRESIDENT CONTINUES: SOF IN "IMPORTANT AS A SOVEREIGN POWER..." SOF OUT "....SHARE THAT INTEREST."
    2.11


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: "NO, I THINK IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO ATTEMPT TO MAKE THAT ASSESSMENT ON THIS OCCASION. WE HAVE DIFFICULT PROBLEMS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. THEY DIRECTLY INVOLVE, OF COURSE, THE SOVIET UNION, AS THE SOVIET UNION IS THE CO-CHAIRMAN AND IS ALSO, AS I'VE ALREADY SAID, AND IS ALSO A SIGNATORY OF THE GENEVA ACCORD, AND HAS ASSUMED IN THE PAST A SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF A NEUTRAL AND INDEPENDENT LAOS -- IN THE VIENNA STATEMENT WHICH THE CHAIRMAN AND I MADE IN JUNE, 1961, COMMITTING OURSELVES TO THAT RESULT. WE HAVE ALSO, OF COURSE, HAD--CONSCIOUS OF THE THREAT TO THE SECURITY OF INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES OF ASIA--SOUTHEAST ASIA-- WHICH HAS BEEN MADE QUITE CLEAR BY THE CHINESE. SO I WOULD SAY THAT WE HAVE SERIOUS PROBLEMS WITH THEM BOTH. WE WOULD HOPE THAT THE SOVIET UNION WOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO FULFILL ITS COMMITMENT UNDER THE GENEVA ACCORD, AS THE UNITED STATES IS ATTEMPTING TO DO."



    SEQ. 7: "IT'S (LAOS) IMPORTANT AS A SOVEREIGN POWER -- ITS PEOPLE DESIRE TO BE INDEPENDENT, AND ITS ALSO IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT BORDERS THE MEKONG RIVER AND, QUITE OBVIOUSLY, IF LAOS FELL INTO COMMUNIST HANDS IT WOULD INCREASE THE DANGER ALONG THE NORTHERN FRONTIER OF THAILAND. IT WOULD PUT ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON CAMBODIA AND IT WOULD PUT ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON SOUTH VIETNAM WHICH THEMSELVES WOULD PUT ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON MALAYA, SO I DO ACCEPT THE VIEW THAT THERE IS AN INTER-RELATIONSHIP IN THESE COUNTRIES, AND THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'RE CONCERNED AT MAINTAINING THE GENEVA ACCORD AS A METHOD OF MAINTAINING STABILITY IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA -- IT MAYBE ONE OF THE REASONS WHY OTHERS DO NOT SHARE THAT INTEREST."




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    EDITORS: PLEASE USE SOUND ONLY THUS: FIRST SOF IN AT 29FT 46 SECS SOF OUT 57 - 1.31 SECOND SOF IN AT 59 1/2 - 1.35. SOF OUT 82 - 2.11

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    Background: PRESIDENT KENNEDY DECLARED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT THE HOPED RUSSIA -- CO-CHAIRMAN WITH BRITAIN OF THE GENEVA CONFERENCE -- WOULD LIVE UP TO ITS COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENT AND NEUTRALITY OF LAOS.MR.KENNEDY, ADDRESSING A WASHINGTON PRESS CONFERENCE, WAS ASKED TO ASSESS THE RELATIVE THREATS POSED TO THE UNITED STATES BY THE WORSENING SITUATION IN LAOS.HE REPLIED:
    ANSWERING ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT LAOS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY WENT ON:
    EARLIER, PRESIDENT KENNEDY ANNOUNCED HE HAD ORDERED U.S.UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE AVERELL HARRIMAN TO MOSCOW FOR TALKS WITH THE SOVIET GOVERNMENT ON THE LAOS SITUATION.

    MR.HARRIMAN LEFT LONDON BY AIR TODAY FOR MOSCOW.HE HAD BEEN IN LONDON AND PARIS FOR CONSULTATION WITH THE BRITISH AND FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTERS.MR.HARRIMAN WAS A CHIEF ARCHITECT OF THE AGREEMENT REACHED AT THE 14-NATION LAOS CONFERENCE IN GENEVA LAST YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACWY27LLOYD05GEJU9ZQLI10RU
    Media URN:
    VLVACWY27LLOYD05GEJU9ZQLI10RU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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