Communist parties from East and West Europe meeting in Paris have launched a broadly-based campaign for peace and disarmament.
SV Delegates standing on rostrum
SV Supplementary member of the Politbureau of the Soviet Union Boris Ponomarev
SV CU Member of the Secretariat for International Relations Maxime Gremetz speaking (2 shots)
SV French Communist leader Georges Marchais speaking in French
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Background: Communist parties from East and West Europe meeting in Paris have launched a broadly-based campaign for peace and disarmament. They hope to rally other left wing parties to their support.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates fro, 22 Communist parties met for two days. They mostly declined to discuss the divisions in the movement that meant parties from nine countries stayed away. The Soviet Union's delegate Boris Ponomarev said the conference was not the place to discuss Afghanistan.
It was this issue that caused most of the absentees to decide not to attend. The appeal for Communists and other groups to unite in support of peace and disarmament was led by French member of the Secretariat for International Relations Maxime Gremetz. The appeal was addressed specifically to Socialists, Social Democrats, Christians and believers of other faiths. The official communique made no mention of Afghanistan but appealed for everyone in Europe to oppose NATO's (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) plans to deploy medium range unclear missiles in Europe. The members pointed both to the perils of escalating tensions and the rewards of detente.
French Communist leader Georges Marchais said the Communists seek the widest possible support for the appeal for peace. He said it is an open invitation.
The Communists said they are calling on all pace-loving forces to join together because peace is a common heritage. The Paris conference was jointly sponsored by the French and Polish parties. The Finnish Communist Party is ready to host a further conference to help promote the call for detente. The purpose would be to revive the spirit of the Helsinki conference of 1975 at which progress was made towards detente.