Britain's Foreign Secretary Francis Pym flew to Washington on Thursday (22 April) for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig on the Falkland Islands crisis.
WASHINGTON DC, USA (APRIL 22, 1982) (REUTERS)
GV Concorde plane taxiing along runway
SV Mr. Pym walks to rostrum, and speaks (2 shots)
GV Pym motorcade arrives at US State department, Mr. Haig greets Mr. Pym, Mr. Pym speaks to reporters, both men enter building
SV PAN Pym Haig walking along corridor of State department
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT): PYM: I'm very glad to be in Washington. We will do everything we can to try and find a peaceful settlement to this dispute. But I have not disguised from the British people, and I will not disguise from you, that there are real difficulties and real obstacles -- but I look forward now to talking again with Mr. Haig and we will do everything we can to try and find a peaceful settlement".
Background: Britain's Foreign Secretary Francis Pym flew to Washington on Thursday (22 April) for talks with U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig on the Falkland Islands crisis. Having rejected an Argentine plan to settle the dispute over occupation of the Islands Mr. Pym took with him the conditions required by the British government for a peaceful solution. He told an airport news conference that there are real difficulties and obstacles in preventing a South Atlantic war over the Falklands, but said everything possible was being done to try and find a peaceful settlement. On his arrival at the U.S. State department, the Foreign Secretary was met by Mr. Haig who has carried out a diplomatic shuttle between London and Buenos Aires, talking with both governments. As they entered the first round of negotiations Mr. Pym again emphasised the seriousness of the crisis and said he was looking forward to very constructive talks with Mr. Haig.