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    The two chambers of the Soviet Parliament met jointly on August 3rd in the Grand Kremlin Palace.

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    Background: The two chambers of the Soviet Parliament met jointly on August 3rd in the Grand Kremlin Palace.

    Party and government leaders were roundly applauded when they filed onto the platform.

    Decrees passed by the Presidium of Parliament came up for consideration. After a report from the Presidium secretary, Georgadze, the dean where unanimously approved.

    Leonid Brezhnev, the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, introduced the next question on the agenda.

    On behalf of the Communist Party's Central Committee he moved that Nikolai Podgorny, a member of the Party's of the Party's Politica Bureau, be made pre??? of the Soviet Union.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    President Podgorny thanked the assembly for the high trust and honor shown him by the Party's Central Committee and the members of Parliament. He then proposed the appointment of vice-presidents and the presidium of Parliament.

    This motion, too, was unanimously adopted.

    Premier Alexei Kosygin the took the floor. He voiced heart felt thanks for the high trust and honor shown him by his appointment as Prime Minister of the Soviet Union and the task of forming the new cabinet.

    He then, presented the list of government members for the approval of Parliament. The list was accepted without a single dissenting voice.

    In the evening Premier Kosygin presented the government statement on domestic and foreign policy.

    "In the sphere of domestic policy," he said, "our efforts will be directed to reaching the targets set in the Party's directives on the five-year plan of national economic development. These targets cover all aspects of state activities and reflect the interests of the entire nation.

    The Prime Minister then outlined the government's main tasks in economic policy. "The specific feature of this policy at the present stage, he said, "consists of using an increasing part of the national income accumulated to develop agriculture and the consumer goods industry. At the same time, priority will be given, as before to developing the heavy industries, the material basis of the entire national economy."
    Mr. Kosygin emphasized that the rate of improvement in the material welfare of the Soviet people will be accelerated in the current five year period.

    He then turned to the Soviet government's activities in the sphere of foreign policy. The Communist Party leadership and the Soviet government, he said, valued the outcome of the recent conference in Bucharest. The conference delegates had displayed a spirit of unanimity and a desire to further strengthen the community of socialist nations.

    It would be even stronger if there were solidarity and all-round cooperation with the Chinese People's Republic as well. "Unfortunately," Premier Kosygin said, "all our efforts to re-establish relations with the Chinese People's Republic have been fruitless."
    A good part of the statement is devoted to foreign policy. The Soviet government supports the movements for national liberation in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Touching on the international situation, Premier Kosygin noted that the American aggression in Vietnam created a direct threat to world-wide security and the war was now spreading to Laos and Cambodia.

    The Prime Minister emphasized that the Soviet stand on Vietnam remained unchanged.

    Turning to Europe, he stressed the unalterable position of the Soviet Union and the entire community of socialist nations in the matter of German militarism and the attempts of revengeminded elements in Western German militarism and the attempts of revengeminded elements is Western Germany to obtain a revision of the outcome of world war two. The main prerequites for ensuring European security, he said, are the inviolability of the present frontiers as well as well as preventing West Germany's access to nuclear weapons in any form.

    Speaking of Soviet relations with the western countries, Premier Kosygin described the constructive shifts in Soviet-French relations as highly important for ensuring peace. Of Soviet-American relation he said that their normalization required that the United States should observe international law and stop mokkling in the internal affairs of other countries and nations.

    Mr. Kosygin said in conclusion that world trends favored the forces working for peace and international security. The Soviet Union would invariably turn its efforts to achieve its goal of strengthening the united anti-imperialist front.

    The Soviet Parliament ended this session on August 3rd.

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