More than 500 delegates from 70 countries as attending a three-day World Peace conference in New Delhi.
SV Sign outside building "Peace and Security in Asia"
SV INTERIOR North Korean delegation seated
SV Bulgarian delegation seated
CU Delegates from Senegal and Guinea
SV Delegates from Kampuchea
SV Delegates from Australia
SV Delegates from Zimbabwe Rhodesia
SV Delegation from Hungary
SV Soviet delegation with Imam Sayyad Ahmad (Baku)
CU Afghanistan delegate
LV Mr. Romesh Chandra (President of World Peace Council) at centre of delegates as delegation applauds
GV Delegates clap
CU Mr. Romesh Chandra speaking in English with shots of Afghanistan delegate and other delegates listening (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 13: CHANDRA: "Last August we held a conference of solidarity with Afghanistan, and we said in our speeches, and they are all printed, and in our resolution, that there is a great danger to the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan; a great danger to the great victories of the revolution of 1978 by the fact of an armed intervention from outside. We saw the evidence ourselves in different parts of the country. An armed intervention directed by the CIA in cooperation with the Chinese leaders and the most reactionary circles in Pakistan. An armed intervention which was being carried out to destroy the revolution and to destroy the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan. And we called at that time for assistance from everywhere to assist in protecting the sovereignty and independence of Afghanistan in accordance with international law."
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Background: More than 500 delegates from 70 countries as attending a three-day World Peace conference in New Delhi. The opening speech on Sunday (23 March), was delivered by the delegate from Rhodesia.
SYNOPSIS: Although the conference drew its delegates from around the world, the main focus of attention was on the issues of peace and security in Asia. The Eastern bloc nations were well represented.
African delegates and others from outside the area were able to receive first hand briefings on current problems ranging from South East Asia across to Afghanistan. Many of the nations bordering Asia expressed special interest in the conference.
The Rhodesian delegate Mr. D.M. Jubane in his inaugural address was critical of Britain for taking so long in granting independence to Rhodesia. However, it was the issue of Afghanistan that aroused most interest.
In his address the President of the World Peace Conference, Mr. Romesh Chandra accused America, Pakistan and China of causing the tension in the area.