In India, Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin hailed his talks with Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai as a complete success, on Wednesday (14 March).
GV Indian President Neelan Sanjiva Reddy putting red paint on Soviet Union Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin's face (TWO SHOTS)
CU coloured dyes on tray
SV Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai and Mr. Kosygin putting coloured paint on each other's faces
GV Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Desai seated at table to sign agreement
SV officials look on as Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Desai sign agreement (THREE SHOTS)
GV Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Desai exchanging agreement and being applauded
The omission of any reference to Cambodia (Kampuchea) in the final communique between the Soviet Union and India indicated that they hadn't reached an agreement on the situation there. India wants Vietnamese forces to pull out of Cambodia (Kampuchea) and has said it will recognise the new Phnom Penh government when it is in full control of the country. But the communique described the Chinese attack on Vietnam as "massive", and said "the two sides considered it necessary to exert further efforts in the interest of strengthening peace in the Asian continent.
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Background: In India, Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin hailed his talks with Indian Prime Minister Morarji Desai as a complete success, on Wednesday (14 March). The two leaders signed five cooperation agreements. And on Thursday (15 March) they called for the immediate, unconditional and total withdrawal of Chinese troops from Vietnam in a joint communique issued at the end of Mr. Kosygin's six-day visit to India.
SYNOPSIS: Before the signing of the cooperation agreements the Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Kosygin was invited to participate in a traditional ritual. President Neelan Sanjiva Reddy began by putting paint on Mr. Kosygin's face. And then Prime Minister Morarji Desai took part in the ceremony. Later the three men went on to Mr. Reddy's residence, where agreements on economic, trade, scientific, technical and medical co-operation were signed.
According to mr Kosygin there were no differences of opinion between the two countries. The theme of all his public statements during his stay in India were criticisms of what he called "Chinese aggression". He has strongly condemned the Chinese invasion of Vietnam but Mr. Desai has adopted a much more moderate posture, merely saying all disputes should be solved through negotiations.
Mr. Kosygin and Mr. Desai had five rounds of private talks which were believed to have centred on the Sino-Vietnamese conflict, the question of India's recognition of the new pro-Soviet government in Cambodia (Kampuchea) and Sino-Indian relations.