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    ... The Grand Kremlin Palace.

    ... Here presentation took place of International Lenin Prize "For Strenghtening?

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    Background: ...Moscow
    ... The Grand Kremlin Palace.

    ... Here presentation took place of International Lenin Prize "For Strenghtening of Peace among Peoples" to General secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union--Leonid Brezhnev.

    Attending the ceremony were Moscow workers, farmers, noted scientists and artists, representatives of the Soviet Armed Forces members of diplomatic corps accredited in Moscow.

    Leonid Brezhnev, Nikolai Podgorny, Alexei Kosygin and other Soviet leaders, delegates of the party and Government delegation from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, currently on an official friendly visit in the USSR; and other foreign guests were greeted with applause by the audience.

    Academician Dmitri Skobeltsyn, Chairman of the International Lenin Prize Committee, declared the meeting open.

    He said that all the Soviet people and progressives the world over have with deep satisfaction heard the news of awarding Leonid Brezhnev International Lenin Prize.

    Millions of people know of Leonid Brezhnev as of a selfless fighter for peace and social progress, for peoples' happiness.

    the award is a high appraisal of the constructive, far-seeing and consistent policy of cooperation and peoples' friendship being pursued by the Party's Central Committee and its General Secretary in a purposeful and determined manner.

    The audience burst into stormy applause as Dmitri Skobeltsyn presence ??? with the ??? medal.

    Congratulation messages were read by:
    ...Vladimir Pavlovski, workers of the Likhachev Car Works and a Hero of Socialist Labour;
    the First Secretary of the Central Committee of Vietnam Worker's Party Le Duan;
    Le Duan said that presentation of this high award is an event of great significance. The award is the consummation of the tireless efforts by Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet Communist party and the Soviet state in the struggle for peace, national independence, democracy and socialism.

    Le Duan thanked the fraternal Soviet people and Leonid Brezhnev for the help and sincere assistance to the people of Vietnam in their struggle to stop the American aggression and in building up of socialism.

    Georgi Traikov, member of the International Lenin Prize Committee, secretary of the Bulgarian Agricultural People's Union, First Deputy of the Chairman of the State Council of the People's Republic of Bulgaria, extended his heart-felt congratulations to the prize-winner.

    General secretary of the World Peace Congress, a Lenin Prize winner Romesh Chandra;
    Zoya Malakhova, a Merited Teacher of the Russian Federation;
    Renato, Guttuzzo, an International Lenin Prize Committee member, an International Lenin Prize winner;
    Mrs. Mirjam Vire-Tuominen, an International Lenin Prize Committee member, General Secretary of Peace Champions of Finland organisation, an International Lenin Prize winners;
    Aziz Sherif, the Inaqi Republic state minister, an International Lenin Prize winner.

    Leonid Brezhnev's speech was heard by the audience with great attention.

    It is with deep emotion,--Leonid Brezhnev said,--that I accept today the Lenin Prize 'For Strengthening Peace among Nations'.

    The foreign policy course of the Soviet land is the fruit of the collective mind and efforts of the entire Communist Party. In awarding me the Lenin Prize I can thus see international recognition of the correctness of the policy pursued by the CPSU, Its Central Committee, -- the general Secretary said.

    Accepting the Lenin Prize, Leonid Brezhnev underscored, I pledge myself to continue doing my level best to achieve the most humane goal -- a stronger peace between nations.

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