On Friday (12 February) communist countries at the European security conference in the Spanish capital of Madrid, dropped their attempt to cut short Western criticism of the military takeover in Poland.
1. SV Delegate enter, passing through security screens and police checks (3 shots) 0.19
2. CU Polish delegates standing talking 0.22
3. SV INTERIOR Chairman of meeting seated on platform 0.27
4. CU U.K. delegates seated 0.30
5. CU Polish delegates seated 0.36
6. CU Swiss delegate 0.39
7. CU U.S. delegates 0.45
8. SV Conference doors close 0.50
9. LV Claude Cheysson, French External Affairs Minister, facing newsmen 0.53
10. CU Mr. Cheysson speaking in French 1.25
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On Friday (12 February) communist countries at the European security conference in the Spanish capital of Madrid, dropped their attempt to cut short Western criticism of the military takeover in Poland. The East Bloc decision cleared the way for french External Affairs Minister, Claude Cheysson, British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, and other NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) officials to condemn the Polish situation to the 35-member meeting. Polish delegates chatted to each other before the meeting began and as they, the United Kingdom delegates and others were seated, the conference doors were closed to the Press and public. The French External Minister, M. Cheysson, spoke to reporters after the debate. He was one of seven Western Ministers prevented from speaking by the communist countries' obstructionist tactics when the conference reconvened earlier.
Source: RADIOTELEVISION ESPANOLA