The British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, who has been in Portugal for meeting with Foreign Ministers from the European Common Market countries, has repeated his proposals fro a neutral Afghanistan.
SV British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington enters building in Lisbon and meets newsmen
SV Lord Carrington replying to question about Afghanistan
TRANSCRIPT: NEWSMAN: "In an effort to persuade the Soviet Union to withdraw from Afghanistan, you have recently proposed a kind of neutrality in print. How does it work?"
CARRINGTON: SEQ 2: "What I proposed and which my European colleagues thought was quite a good idea, was that we should have a neutral and non-aligned Afghanistan, which would be guaranteed by the surrounding powers, and by the super powers, You will remember that the Soviet Union went into Afghanistan on the grounds that there was outside interference in Afghanistan, and that her borders were threatened. Well, a withdrawal by the Soviet Union and a neutral non-aligned Afghanistan would take care of that difficulty. consequently, it would seem to me to have something for everybody. I don't think it's going to happen overnight."
NEWSMAN: "But are you really convinced that neutrality can be imposed from outside?"
CARRINGTON: "No, I don't think it can. But if you look at Afghan history than from my country - we had three Afghan wars in the nineteenth century - and they were not very successful wars incidentally, and what we sought to do then was to prevent any incursion by the Soviet Union."
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Background: The British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, who has been in Portugal for meeting with Foreign Ministers from the European Common Market countries, has repeated his proposals fro a neutral Afghanistan. He spoke to newsmen on the first day of talks in Lisbon.