United States President Jimmy Carter has arrived in Vienna, Austria for the first U.S. -?
LV Presidential jet on tarmac and reception party waiting.
GV United States President Jimmy Carter wife Rosalynn, and daughter Amy down aircraft steps and greeted by Austrian officials. (2 SHOTS)
CU Carter and Austrian President Rudolf Kirchslaeger walk to dais followed by wives. (2 SHOTS)
MV Carter and Kirchslaeger standing on dais with wives behind them.
INTERPRETER:"Mr. President of the United States of America on behalf of the people of Austria I bid you Mr. President, your distinguished wife Mrs Carter and your distinguished party a very cordial welcome on Austrian soil."
For some time now President Brezhnev has been in poor health and there was speculation that he might not be able to withstand the journey from Moscow to Vienna and the talks with President Carter. But United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance told newsmen on board the Presidential jet that Mr. Brezhnev was now "in good health", that his condition had improved and that he no longer had problems with slurred speech.
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Background: United States President Jimmy Carter has arrived in Vienna, Austria for the first U.S. - Soviet summit meeting in four years. In an airport speech on Thursday (14 June) Mr. Carter said all the people of the world had an urgent stake in his four-day meeting with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, who is flying from Moscow to Vienna on Friday (15 June) morning.
SYNOPSIS: President Carter's plane, Air Force One, was diverted to an area some distance from the airport building with heavy security arrangements in force.
Mr. Carter, his wife Rosalynn and eleven year old daughter Amy were welcomed by Austrian President Rudolf Kirchslaeger, after an eight-and-a-half hour flight from Washington. Throughout the greetings and the entire airport ceremony sharpshooters looked down from around the airport control tower, police trained in commando tactics -- some with dogs -- patrolled surrounding fields and a police helicopter hovered overhead with a searchlight beam sweeping the countryside.
On Monday (18 June) President Carter and Brezhnev will sign the new Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty -- SALT Two -- in the Austrian capital. The treaty took six and-a-half-years to negotiate and work on the final version was completed in Geneva on Thursday night. The Chief United States negotiator, Ralph Earle is bringing the text of about eighty pages to Vienna on Friday.
In his speech President Carter said SALT Two was a historic step in limiting and controlling the momentum of the nuclear arms race, but warned "we have no illusions that this agreement will rid the world of danger or end all differences between out two nations". Mr. Carter and Mr. Brezhnev will discuss disarmament, U.S.-Soviet relations and East-West detente in at least seven hours of talks on Saturday (16 June) and Sunday (17 June).
Officials on both sides say they expect general agreement to move forward in further disarmament negotiations. Before leaving Washington President Carter said he was approaching the summit "with hope but without false expectations".
Standing in the rain, President Carter said that Vienna was an appropriate setting for the summit as it was in the Austrian capital that the United States and the Soviet Union signed their first major co-operative agreement in the post-World War Two period in 1955. Mr. Carter emphasised that he had come on a "mission of peace". An interpreter translated the Austrian President's welcome.