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    President Carter has been visiting Yugoslavia - the first state visit to Belgrade since the death of President Tito earlier this year.

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    SV: President Carter and Mrs Carter out of aircraft and greeted by Yugoslav President Mijatovic

    CU AND SV: President Carter at microphone speaking in English (3 shots)

    TRAVELLING SHOTS: Of President Carter waving from car in motorcade.

    GV AND SV AND CU: President Carter carrying wreath and lays it on Tito's tomb. (3 shots)

    SV: President Carter walks back to car with President Mijatovic and waves to crowd

    SV AND CU INTERIOR: President Carter and aides sit at table opposite Yugoslav delegation. (3 shots)

    CARTER:"The United States supports, and will continue to support, the independence, territorial integrity, and the unity of Yugoslavia. The United States wishes to see an economically-prosperous and politically-strong Yugoslavia. The United States respects Yugoslavia's non-alignment and admires Yugoslavia's constructive international role."

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    Background: President Carter has been visiting Yugoslavia - the first state visit to Belgrade since the death of President Tito earlier this year. President Carter received a warm welcome from the Yugoslavians, and held talks with the new collective leadership.

    SYNOPSIS: President Carter, arriving in belgrade from the economic summit in Venice, assured the Yugoslavs of support from Washington.

    Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as President Carter and Yugoslav President Cvijetin Minatovic drove through Belgrade in an American-style motorcade.

    President Carter laid a huge bouquet of roses on the tomb of the late President Tito, after Praising him as one of the great men of the twentieth century. The American leader was widely criticised in the West for having stayed away from President Tito's funeral in May. Soviet President Leonid brezhnev and more than forty other world leaders did attend. President Carter has assured the Yugoslavs that his decision not to attend was not a mark of disrespect. He said he had greatly valued Tito's wisdom and advice, and praised him as a man of extraordinary courage.

    Although President Mijatovic was formally Mr. Carter's host during the visit, the post-Tito regime is very much a collective. Mr. Mijatovic will only hold the post of President for a year, before it will rotate to another member of the eight-man State Presidency. President Carter met with the collective leadership and affirmed his commitment to the framework of East-West detente, despite the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.

    Although non-aligned, and steering a middle course between the Washington and Moscow, the Yugoslav leadership has called for total withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. President Carter said detente must be based on reciprocity and mutual restraint. He said the United, States would co-operate with Yugoslavia in political and economic fields. The Belgrade leadership is believed to be keen to reduce Yugoslavia's trade deficit with the United States - it amounted to seven hundred million dollars last year. Talks on this subject were officially described as cordial and constructive.

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