INTRODUCTION: Mr Stane Dolanc, the Secretary General of Yugoslavia's League of Communists is in London for a three day visit, at the invitation of the British Labour Party's national executive.
GV Whitehall, London
CU Sign: "Downing Street"
GV Policeman standing outside Number 10 Downing Street
SV INTERIOR Yugoslav Deputy Primer Stane Dolanc with British Prime Minister James Callaghan posing for photographers
For several years 51-year-old Mr Dolanc has been a key figure in Yugoslav politics and is a defender of Yugoslavia's independence and non-alignment. He is recognised as one of the small team of men whose job it is to ensure continuity and national unity in Yugoslavia. The Yugoslav President Josef Broz Tito is 84 next month.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Mr Stane Dolanc, the Secretary General of Yugoslavia's League of Communists is in London for a three day visit, at the invitation of the British Labour Party's national executive.
SYNOPSIS: During his visit Mr Dolanc is taking part in extensive consultations with British government leaders, as well as the Labour Party executive. Although one purpose of the visit is to establish closer links between the Yugoslav Communist and british Labour Parties, the main object is to examine the state of East-West relations.
Discussion of the prospects for the review conference of the Helsinki Declaration, which is to be held in Belgrade in June is also on the agenda. On Monday (4 April) Mr. Dolanc called on British Prime Minister James Callaghan at his official residence in London. Earlier in the day he had a meeting with British Foreign Minister Dr David Owen, who underlined Britain's commitment to East-West detente. A Foreign Office spokesman said Dr Owen and Mr Dolanc also talked about the European Common Market's relations with Yugoslavia, which has trading agreement with the community.