Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact countries opened three days of talks yesterday (17 April) in Warsaw.
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GV INT. Delegates seated
MV Soviet Party. (Centre three, Left to right Kosygin Brezhnev, Gromyko) PAN TO OTHER delegates
GV Polish delegation (Gerak right of flag) PAN TO East German delegation
GV Rumanian delegation, Ceausescau second from right
GV Czech delegation
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Background: Leaders of the seven Warsaw Pact countries opened three days of talks yesterday (17 April) in Warsaw. It's believed their main aim is to encourage detente and reduce western suspicions of communist policy.
Party and Government leaders from the Soviet Union and seven east European states are taking part, led by the Soviet Party chief Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, Premier Alexei Kosygin and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
No agenda has bene published for the talks, but a Communist daily newspaper in Poland said the summit would continue to promote detente and co-operation. It said the West had accepted political and economic co-operation with the communist states but was reluctant to give equally strong support to military detente. The newspaper said the pact states would attempt to reduce this reluctance.
The talks are being held in a informal atmosphere. The Soviet leaders walked to and from the talks yesterday with little evidence of security.
SYNOPSIS: The Council of Ministers Building in Warsaw -- venue for three days of talks between members of the Warsaw Pact presided over by leaders of the Soviet Union. On Wednesday, Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev sat with Premier Alexei Kosygin on his right and Andrei Gromyko, the Foreign Minister on his left.
All Pact member countries are attending. These include the host nation, Poland, and the East Germans. No official agenda has ben released for the talks, but it's believed they are aimed at encouraging detente with the west and reducing western suspicions of communist policy.
A great deal of the talking is expected to take place behind closed doors. The leaders met for a summit after the first day of discussions to seek a new approach to the west on arms agreements. It's believed their decision will be put to President Nixon when he visits Moscow later in the year.