European Economic Community foreign ministers meeting in Britain on Monday (18 April) heard a first-hand report on Rhodesia negotiations by British Foreign Secretary Dr.
GV EXTERIOR: Common Market Foreign Minister's conference building, London, U.K. (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: conference room and foreign Ministers seated and standing.
SV: Luxembourg Foreign Minister seated.
GV: British Foreign Secretary Dr David Owen seated.
SV AND CU: Italian Foreign Minister.
SCU PULL BACK TO SV Irish Foreign Minister Dr Garratt Fitzgerald.
SCU: Owen seated.
SV AND SV PAN: from Netherlands to German foreign ministers. (3 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO SV: French, Belgian and Danish foreign ministers. (3 shots)
GV: conference room with foreign ministers round table.
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Background: European Economic Community foreign ministers meeting in Britain on Monday (18 April) heard a first-hand report on Rhodesia negotiations by British Foreign Secretary Dr. David Owen. Dr. Owen arrived back in London the same morning after an week-long, extensive tour of Africa. The major business of the meeting was to discuss a joint Common Market policy for the East-West conference in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in June.
SYNOPSIS: The ministers were also meeting to generally discuss developments in Zaire, prospects in settling the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Cyprus issue, and human rights.
Their policy on the Belgrade conference has already been drawn up, but had to be ratified. Dr. Owen reported to his colleagues on his Africa journey, during which he met all the major leaders involved including Rhodesian Premier Mr. Ian Smith.
The other ministers gave Dr. Owen strong support for his settlement plans, which include convening a new conference under joint British-United States auspices.
On Zaire, the foreign ministers avoided any criticism of France's decision to airlift Moroccan troops to the former Belgian colony. Some Community leaders previously expressed disapproval at France's unilateral action.
The comprehensive Belgrade policy is to decide the European stand on issues involving East-West detente and human rights. The Belgrade conference will review progress made in these fields since their adoption in the 1975 Helsinki, Finland European Security Summit.