• Short Summary

    British Prime Minister Edward Heath flew to Ottawa yesterday (Wednesday), ad a time when Canadian opposition to possible British arms sales to South Africa was building up in the Canadian parliament.

  • Description

    1.
    SV PAN Heath arrives at Trudeau's residence in car
    0.08

    2.
    SV Trudeau greets Heath
    0.14

    3.
    SV The two pose for photographers
    0.21

    4.
    SV Guards patrol outside house (2 shots)
    0.45

    5.
    GV House
    0.50

    6.
    GV & SV Parliament building
    0.56

    7.
    CU Mitchell Sharp speaking
    0.59

    8.
    SV & CU Heath at news conference
    2.29


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 7: MITCHELL SHARPE: "Well, as our know our policy is not to supply arms. arms We are complying fully with the United Nations resolutions. The Prime Minister wrote to Mr. Heath pointing out the dangers to the Commonwealth of the resumption of the arms sales by Britain. Both the Prime Minister and I, however, have made it quite clear that we're not engaged in any crusade or anything of that sort and that it's up to the British Government to make its own decisions."



    SEQ 8: HEATH: "The decision about British defence interests must of course be a decision for the British Government, and every leader from a Commonwealth country who has discussed this with me has fully recognised this and made a point of emphasising it. Of course I don't resent any representations which are made to me--it is open to any country in the world to make representations about any matter which they wish to raise--and particularly as far as members of the Commonwealth are concerned. Indeed, I sent a personal message to each of the Commonwealth leaders about our policy on this very soon after we became the government. And I naturally expected them, in their replies, to express their views--indeed that's what I asked them to do. And I then suggested that we should have individual meetings. The one this morning with the Canadian Prime Minister is the latest of this series of meetings, and, of course, in Singapore we shall have the opportunity of meeting them together instead of individually."




    Initials AH/BOB/BB/0018 AH/BOB/SGM/0053



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: British Prime Minister Edward Heath flew to Ottawa yesterday (Wednesday), ad a time when Canadian opposition to possible British arms sales to South Africa was building up in the Canadian parliament. The question of the arms sales was believed high on the agenda when Mr. Heath met Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau at the latter's closely guarded house.

    Canadian concern over the arms question is so deep that Mr. Trudeau recently sent special envoys to Zambia and Tanzania to sound out African reaction. This was interpreted as an effort by Canada to avoid a confrontation between Britain and non-white nations at next month's Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in Singapore.

    The current Canadian attitude was expressed by Canadian External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp during an interview:
    At an Ottawa news conference before he left for the United States, Mr. Heath referred to the arms dispute:

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    Film ID:
    VLVADQ3SDYSS0L5ZB9H90FNH0X1HQ
    Media URN:
    VLVADQ3SDYSS0L5ZB9H90FNH0X1HQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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