BBC World Service – Newsdesk – June 16, 1971 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –
As it was in the world, this June 16, 1971. Northern Ireland led off the news with reports that Ministers had been spelling out orders under which British Troops could open fire. There were sharp exchanges in the House of Commons over Northern Ireland and the statement by Ulster Prime Minister Brian Faulkner that “British soldiers need not wait for orders to open fire”. Many in the Commons felt that Mr. Faulkner’s statement may have prompted the bombing of a police station in Belfast overnight. The Opposition MPs agreed the statement was an outrage, but they wanted to know whether Mr. Faulkner had consulted the Ministry of Defense or the Army before he spoke. The latest escalation on Britain’s part was thought largely because of the IRA’s stepping up of attacks and reprisals taking place lately throughout Northern Ireland.
In India, border clashes between India and Pakistan reported some 100 Pakistani troops were killed during the previous 2 days. Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was appealing for UN intervention in the deepening crisis.
President Nixon, once an ardent supporter of Britain joining the Common Market had done an about-face and was advising Downing Street to abandon the idea after spending many years insisting Britain join. He was telling newsmen that a European Community with Britain could make things difficult for America. Although it wasn’t expressed that Britain should definitely turn against membership, but the tone of President Nixon’s remarks reflected doubts over the whole project, which various business, financial and farm interests had been expressing to the President lately. And with Canada’s Minister Pierre Trudeau making advances to the Russians, it was no wonder America was feeling isolated as much as isolationist.
And French President Georges Pompidou stated unequivocally that Hot Pants were not welcomed at Elysse Palace in Paris.
And aside from the ongoing situation in Northern Ireland, which was only getting worse, that’s a little of what was going on, this June 16, 1971 as reported on Newsdesk from the BBC World Service.
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