The troubled European Security Conference finally got underway in Madrid on Monday night (10 November) almost thirteen hours after its scheduled starting time, and with the cause of the delay still unresolved.
GV Dissidents from Baltic starts marching with banners near Conference Hall in Madrid (3 shots)
GV PAN DOWN Building TO Marchers walking through streets
SV PAN Protestors singing
SV Soviet flag being burned
GV Delegates arriving at conference
CU Clock at 4 minutes to 12
SV Delegates walking into conference room
SV Delegates seated at conference table (4 shots)
SV Delegates leaving room
CU U.S. delegate, Max Kampelman, speaking in English (3 shots)
SV Newsmen waiting for delegates in foyer (3 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 10: KAMPELMAN: "We're here to attend a meeting that begins on the eleventh of November, and as soon as..as soon as the clock turns to midnight, we will be prepared to meet, ah ah, in the main meeting plenary."
INTERVIEWER: "In the rest of the world, it's been midnight for thirteen hours, hasn't it? I mean why are we presuming this charade?"
KAMPELMAN: "Look at the clocks on the wall. They're all...they all show one minute to twelve."
INTERVIEWER: "People must think it's all rather silly."
KAMPLEMAN: "Perhaps, but it's a necessity."
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Background: The troubled European Security Conference finally got underway in Madrid on Monday night (10 November) almost thirteen hours after its scheduled starting time, and with the cause of the delay still unresolved. The conference was officially opened in a three-minute ceremony, and then immediately adjourned for more urgent talks on the conference agenda. Representatives of the major East and West powers at the thirty-five nation meeting debated in private session for thirty-six hours leading up to the opening, which arrived with still no sign of final agreement on agenda proposals.
SYNOPSIS: While the delegates tried to sort out their differences inside the conference hall, the streets of Madrid were the scene of several demonstrations, all of them aimed at the Soviet Union's record on human rights. Exiled dissidents staged protest marches demanding open debate on the human rights question at the conference. About twenty Ukrainians staged a hunger strike, while others made their point in song.
Some of the five-hundred Spanish police guarding the delegates watched the protestors carefully, but reported no incidents. The most hostile display was the burning of the Soviet flag.
In the hall, the agenda talks had reached total deadlock, despite mediation by neutral delegations. And as a gesture of hope that the conference would not collapse before it began, the Palace of Congress clock was stopped at four minutes to midnight--the official deadline for an opening. Still without a solution to the nine-week agenda wrangle, the conference opened. The leader of the United States delegation, Mr. Max Kampelman, remained confident progress was being made.
The continuing argument over the agenda was left to a special working party, but it was not clear how the conference would be conducted if the group could not reach a compromise.