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    The U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, assessed American foreign policy over the past?

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    "It is not possible for a country to exacerbate tensions in one area and to seek relaxations in another. This administration has consistently opposed the notion of selective detente in which one area would be pacified while there would be very active conflict in another. Therefore, obviously, we should have to judge the Soviet sincerity in seeking across the board relaxation of tensions by its behaviour in all the negotiations in which we are engaged with it, including that of the Middle East.

    Ah, I want to repeat ... I'm not saying this in any particularly challenging manner because the Soviet behaviour in the prelude to the Geneva Conference and during the very ... during the first phase of the Geneva Conference has been constructive and has been recognised to be constructive by all of the parties there."

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    This film includes a statement by American Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger. A transcript appears below.

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    Background: The U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, assessed American foreign policy over the past year and looked to the future at a press conference in Washington on Thursday (27 December).

    Dr. Kissinger said America's relations with Europe had been disappointing. Last March, the Secretary of State had referred to 1973 as the "Year of Europe" and called for a new Atlantic Charter. But relations between Europe and the U.S. have deteriorated. He said it was up to Europe to decide if America should be opposed, or if the opportunities of Atlantic co-operation should be pursued.

    The Secretary of State told newsmen the energy crisis could be a forerunner of other global problems such as a shortage of food. He urged that world-wide co-operation between consumers and producers be initiated to deal with the problems of adequate energy sources on a long-term basis.

    Dr. Kissinger criticised Arab oil embargo against the U.S. He said it was increasingly difficult to understand. America, he said was the principal country pursuing peace in the Middle East. He was optimistic that progress would be made in the troop disengagement talks, now underway in Geneva between Israel and Egypt. He hoped other Arab nations would join the talks.

    Dr. Kissinger also praised the Soviet Union for its work in launching the Geneva talks. He said its actions in Geneva would be kept in mind when trying to judge whether the Soviet Union was sincere in trying to ease international tension.

    SYNOPSIS: In Washington on Thursday, Dr. Henry Kissinger reviewed U.S. foreign policy. The American State Secretary criticised thee Arab oil embargo but was optimistic about the Geneva Peace Talks. He praised Soviet peace efforts. . . .

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