In Luxembourg, European Economic Community leaders have failed to solve a bitter wrangle over Britain's Budget payments to the EEC. On Tuesday (29 April), British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, discussed -- but did not accept -- three compromise proposals put forward by other EEC countries at the two-day summit meeting.
SV INTERIOR British Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher speaking in English
SV French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing speaking in French
SV PULL BACK TO GV Mrs. Thatcher speaking in English
THATCHER: "The European Council should complete solidarity with the United States in reaffirming the confusions of the foreign ministers as reached a few days ago, so the international aspect was conducted with very great success."
THATCHER: "We both compromised. My partners moved and offered more. We compromised both an amount and duration both of which are important. Duration is particularly important because we have had so many troubles over the Budget question that we didn't really feel that we could have a temporary settlement only to be back within a year or so arguing again. The upshot was that when the amount was almost satisfactory, the duration was only about a year or so, and that clearly was not enough. And when the duration was something like five years, the amount was wholly unsatisfactory. Now we both tried to compromise, but in the end there was a gap left."
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Background: In Luxembourg, European Economic Community leaders have failed to solve a bitter wrangle over Britain's Budget payments to the EEC. On Tuesday (29 April), British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, discussed -- but did not accept -- three compromise proposals put forward by other EEC countries at the two-day summit meeting. Before the Summit began, EEC officials said they wanted to solve the issue of Britain's Budget payments, and move on to the more pressing crises in Iran and Afghanistan. Mrs. Thatcher herself called for solidarity among EEC members over Iran.
France's President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, said the summit had failed to agree on important matters on the agenda, despite the efforts of the French delegation and other delegations. Mrs. Thatcher said there had been some compromise over British contributions -- but not enough.