The 36th session of the Communist trade group Comecon which ended in Budapest on June 10 brought praise from senior Hungarian officials.
GV Delegates arriving at Comecon meeting and being welcomed by Hungarian hosts (4 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV Hungarian First-Secretary Janos Kakar addressing meeting as delegates listen (6 shots)
GV/SVs Prime Minister Gyoergy Lazar addresses delegates (3 shots)
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Background: The 36th session of the Communist trade group Comecon which ended in Budapest on June 10 brought praise from senior Hungarian officials. They were speaking to ministers from Communist bloc countries on June 11, and summing up the achievements of the session. Soviet Prime Minister Tikhonov was received, along with Mr. Willi Stoph, Deputy Chairman of the Socialist Union Party of the German Democratic Republic and delegates from Vietnam and Cuba. After the address by First-Secretary Janos Kadar of the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party, Prime Minister Gyoergy Lazar thanked delegates for what he called the valuable work of a conference which called for a greater level of cooperation among member states. Four main areas of agreement were reached. Comecon resolved to strengthen internal cooperation to guard against the threat of recession in the industrial world and over-dependence on the economies of the West. It resolved to speed up food aid to Poland to offset the effects of trade and credit curbs imposed by the West after martial law. There was agreement on peaceful cooperation with differing social systems to the mutual advantage of each. And the final communique set out plans for cooperation in microtechnology, nuclear energy, and energy conservation. No mention was made of the estimated debt of 81-thousand-million dollars which the Communist countries owed to the West at the end of 1981.