Representatives of COMECON -- the nine-nation Communist economic and trading organisation -- opened a summit conference in Prague on Tuesday ( 9 June).
GV INT Delegates seated around tables
SV Lubomir Strougal, chairman of CSSR government speaking
CU Delegates listening
MV & CU Alexei Kssyoin
SV Rumanian delegates
MV PAN Polish delegation
SV Jumdzagin Cadenbal, head of Mongolian delegation.
GV & CU Other delegates listen (4 shots)
GV Delegates around hall (3 shots)
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Background: Representatives of COMECON -- the nine-nation Communist economic and trading organisation -- opened a summit conference in Prague on Tuesday ( 9 June).
The summit meeting's main task was expected to be the drafting of future guidelines for COMECON's two-year-old programme of comprehensive economic integration.
In effect the programme aims to coordinate economic efforts on a multi-national basis, allocating industrial responsibilities to countries best suited to various modes of production, thus avoiding waste and duplication.
The premiers of the Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Mongolia and Czechoslovakia represented their countries. East Germany and Cuba sent deputy premiere -- considered a sign that the discussions will be technical rather than political.
Czechoslovak Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal chaired the opening session at Prague's Cernin Palace.
One topic expected to occupy much discussion time in the conference was cooperation with the united nations of Western Europe. Previously, COMECON and the Communist nations refused to deal with the European Common Market, but the attitude has change din the wake of Soviet moves towards political and economic detente with the community.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Ministers of most of the nine member nations of COMECON -- the Communist economic and trading organisation -- began a summit meeting in Prague on Tuesday. The meeting was chaired by Czechoslovak Prime Minister Lubomir Strougal.
Premier Alexei Kosygin led the Soviet delegation to the two day meeting.
Other member nations, including Rumania and Poland, sent their premiers to the conference. Only East Germany and Cuba sent deputies. It was believed to indicate discussion would be technical rather than political.
Mr. Jumdzagin Cadenbal headed the delegation from the smallest COMECON member nation -- Mongolia.
The meetings were to centre on future guidelines for the organisation's economic integration programme. The programme aims at allocating industrial responsibility to countries best suited for certain types of production.
Members were also expected to discuss passible aspiration with the members of the enlarged European Economic Community -- a move that would alter past policy, probably in the light of the Soviet detente with the west.