A four-day session of the Presidium of World Peace Council began in Moscow on Tuesday (11 July).
GV EXTERIOR: Comecon building where meeting is held.
LV AND SV: Romesh Chandra, President of the World Peace Council, making speech in English as delegates listen. (7 shots)
SV: audience applaud
CU: Boris Ponomaryov, member of the Politburo, speaking in Russian as delegates listen. (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: CHANDRA: "We meet not at an ordinary moment. We meet at a moment when new work, more intensive and (indistinct) than any time before, is required by all peace forces, all political parties, all organisations, to whatever point of view they may belong, but who sincerely seek to defend the peace, build the peace, and prevent those forces which seek to turn the clock of history backward.
Mr. Ponomaryov went on to say that the world is experiencing a particularly tense period right now and blamed some of this on the outcome of the recent NATO summit in Washington, where, he said the United States attempts to "subordinate the NATO military block to it's global neocolonialist strategy and make it a direct instrument against the national liberation movement, chiefly in Africa". He said it was important to have public opinion firmly behind the peace movements.
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Background: A four-day session of the Presidium of World Peace Council began in Moscow on Tuesday (11 July). Representatives of peace committees and movements from 80 countries met to discuss the problems of disarmament and detente. The conference was described by an official as a good place to discuss some practical steps towards bringing an end to the arms race.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Romesh Chandra, President of the World Peace Council spoke to the delegates at a conference in Moscow.
Mr Boris Ponomaryov, Secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist party also spoke.
Mr. Ponomaryov said that a positive change has taken place in international relations in the seventies. He said the danger of another world war has diminished, but it has not been entirely removed and the arms race continues to mount. One thing is for sure, he said, the Soviet people did not want war.