• Short Summary

    PARIS, FRANCE/BOON, WEST GERMANY/ HELSINCH, FINLAND

    After a period in which relations between Eastern Bloc countries and the West have been frosty the presence of three communist leaders in separate Western capitals on October 16 fuelled hopes for an improvement.

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    PARIS: (FERON) (OCTOBER 15):
    1. GV Elysee Palace 0.05
    2. GV Hungarian leader Janos Kadar emerges with French President Francois Mitterrand, the leaders say goodbye and Kadar walks to car 0.28
    BONN: (ARD) (OCTOBER 16):
    3. GV West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl with Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife walk into room and sit down for photographs 0.54
    HELSINKI: (YLE) (OCTOBER 16):
    4. SV ZOOM TO SCU Finnish President Mauno Koivisto 1.00
    5. CU PULL BACK TO GV East German leader Erich Honecker seated with delegation 1.19
    6. SV Doors close as talks begin 1.25
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    Background: PARIS, FRANCE/BOON, WEST GERMANY/ HELSINCH, FINLAND

    After a period in which relations between Eastern Bloc countries and the West have been frosty the presence of three communist leaders in separate Western capitals on October 16 fuelled hopes for an improvement. Hungarian Communist Party leader Janos Kadar arrived in Paris on October 15 for talks with French President Francois Mitterrand. Mitterrand has been keen to foster renewal of detente between the U.S. and the Soviet Union and last June visited Moscow. Hungary has been a strong supporter of Soviet foreign policy but has also sought to maintain cordial contact with the West. Speaking at the Elysee Palace, Mr Kadar described the increased tension between East and West as regrettable and said his country would do all it could to promote talks and negotiations. In Bonn on October 16 Romanian President Nocolae Ceausescu became the first Warsaw Pact head of state to visit Bonn since the deployment of U.S. nuclear missiles on German territory was agreed last December. Planned visits by East German and Bulgarian leaders were cancelled last month and it was widely thought pressure had been applied from Moscow to punish Bonn for accepting the missiles. Chancellor Kohl urged the U.S., and the Soviet Union to resume arms negotiations. President Ceausescu blamed the current situation on both Washington and the Kremlin. East German leader Erich Honecker visited Finland. Mr Honecker last month cancelled a visit to Bonn and this was his first visit to a non-communist country since that decision. Finland observes strict neutrality in international affairs and it was thought that Mr Ceausescu would provide Finnish President Mauno Koivisto with support for a plan to create a Nordic nuclear-free zone.

    Source: REUTERS - JEAN JACQUES FERON, YLE, ARD

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6HZS4WQ7DR6L1HW9D3KK6Q5I1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6HZS4WQ7DR6L1HW9D3KK6Q5I1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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