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    INTRODUCTION: The co-ordinating bureau of the non-aligned nations has ended its five day meeting in New Delhi, India.

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    GV EXT Vigyan Bhavan building, New Delhi, India

    SV INT President and delegates from Morocco, Argentina, Guyana, and Senegal seated (5 shots)

    GV Mr. Moola, leader of African national Congress speaking in English

    SV Delegates applauding

    SV Mr. Jorge of Angola speaking in French as delegates listen (6 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: MOOLA: "The U.S. base on the island of Diego Garcia, the expansion of the Simonstown naval base near Cape Town and the expansion of the south African submarine fleet mainly by France, and other similar moves by western powers can never be taken as measures designed to protect the vital interests of the Indian Ocean states, as we are made to believe. They are motivated by a desire on the part of imperialist powers to perpetuate the political hegemony on the young states whose shores are being washed by the Indian Ocean so as to keep them within the spheres of imperialist influence. The conference cannot be indifferent to the potentially explosive situation in the Middle East. The causes for the permanent state of tension in this area are well known. However, for purpose of record, it should be restated that as long as Israel continues its illegal occupation of Arab lands, and the Arab people of Palestine are denied their legitimate right to self determination including the right to return and to establish their own Palestinian state, peace in this region will remain an illusion."


    Since U.S. President Jimmy Carter took officer there has been considerable relaxation in the United States' attitudes towards Cuba. Senator George McGovern recently had a meeting with Cuban President Fidel Castro and since then sporting links have been established between the two countries - as well as other indications of lasting detente.

    At the non-aligned meeting in Delhi the end-of-conference communique also expressed deep concern over the failure of international economic talks in Paris and Geneva. It called for the speedy establishment of a common commodities fund and said that the problem of external debts should be dealt with under universally applicable principles. The bureau urged non-aligned and other developing countries to take measures to implement the decision for a special fund to be set up by the developing countries "should the developed countries continue to obstruct the establishment of the common fund". The next meeting of the co-ordinating bureau will be held in Kabul, Afghanistan in July 1978.

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: The co-ordinating bureau of the non-aligned nations has ended its five day meeting in New Delhi, India. In a communique issued after the final open session on Monday (11 April) the foreign ministers of the non-aligned nations represented in bureau called for increased aid to liberation movements in southern Africa.

    SYNOPSIS: The bureau--which has been holding its meetings at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan building--also decided to send a mission to express solidarity with states in the front line of the struggle against the white minority regimes in southern Africa. Mr. Moola of the African National Congress spoke about his feelings on increasing super-power military activity in the Indian Ocean.

    Speaking in French, Mr. Jorge of Angola expressed his country's appreciation of Cuba.

    Mr. Jorge said that his country promised the Cuban people firm total and fraternal solidarity in their just demands concerning the immediate cessation and unconditional lifting of the blockade imposed by American imperialism. He also said that compensation should be given to Cuba for the economic loss caused by military aggression and the shameful blockade. Mr. Jorge also referred to the return of part of Cuba's territory still occupied by the United States -- the Guantanamo airbase.

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