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    Up to 80 nations could possess a nuclear potential by the year 1985. This was?

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    GV EXT. Tokyo press centre.

    GV The delegates (SEATED) OF Mauritius, Sweden, Senegal, Ireland, Japan and others.

    GV President of the Socialist International, Herr Willy Brandt, the chairman of the West German Social democratic Party, enters the conference hall and is welcomed by other delegates.

    GV Delegates seated

    SV Willy Brandt talking, with shots of other delegates listening. Delegates include M. Francois Mitterand, the French socialist leader.

    GV Delegates applaud.

    BRANDT: "Detente has not remained an abstract notion. Its consequences as far as East-West relations are concerned have become more real for many people. It is true that many well founded hopes have not yet been fulfilled, but the exchange of information and culture technological and economic co-operation, and movement of people, which we now see in my part of the world, I mean, would hardly have been imaginable only a few weeks ago."

    During his address on the second day of the conference (December 18) M. Mitterand proposed that a special session of the United Nations General Assembly next year, should discuss what nuclear weapons could and should be banned, which weapons could be made subject to international inspection, and what proposals could be made on strategic and tactical nuclear weapons. He also suggested the special session should be turned into an organisation like the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), having a world conference, a directors' meeting, and regional or expert committees.

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    Background: Up to 80 nations could possess a nuclear potential by the year 1985. This was the prediction of French Socialist leader, Francois Mitterand, when he addressed the Socialist International Conference in Tokyo on Sunday (18 December). M. Mitterand called for the United Nations to prevent nuclear proliferation. He said the destructive power of nuclear weapons was 700,000 times that of the atomic bomb dropped over the Japanese City of Hiroshima in 1945. The three-day conference opened on Saturday, and was attended by about 50 leaders of social democratic parties from some 20 countries.

    SYNOPSIS: The Socialist summit was held in the Press Centre in Tokyo and was one of the largest international gatherings ever held in Japan. It is believed to be the first such meeting to be held in Asia. The conference chose as its theme "The Choice of Socialism in the Modern Era". And the main topics for discussion included the political situation in the Pacific region, energy problems, the prevention of the spread of nuclear arms, and international economic relations.

    President of the Socialist International is Willy Brandt, the Chairman of the West German Social Democratic Party. On the eve of the conference Herr Brandt addressed a gathering of Japanese and foreign socialists, and according to observers he urged participants to join forces against what he called dictatorships in Asia and Latin America, and also against the "reminder of colonialisation in Southern Africa."
    He also spoke on the first day of the conference.

    After the conference, delegates were due to go on to Yokohama, for further talks.

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