INTRODUCTION: A United Nations special envoy arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday (15 April) to explore the possibility of negotiations which could lead to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country.
GV EXTERIOR Pakistan Foreign office in Islamabad
CU INTERIOR Javier Perez de Cuellar (light coloured suit) and his aide Giandominico Picco enter room and greeted by Secretary General Shah Nawaz and they sit and talk
GV EXTERIOR Building
CU PAN INTERIOR Pakistan Foreign Minister Agha Shahi walks forward to welcome UN delegation
SV ZOOM INTO CU Perez de Cuellar talking to Shahi (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A United Nations special envoy arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday (15 April) to explore the possibility of negotiations which could lead to the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country. Javier Perez de Cuellar, who is representing UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, held similar talks with the pakistan government earlier in the week.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Perez de Cuellar arrived at the Foreign Office in Islamabad on sunday (12 April) and told Pakistani officials the object of his visit was not to convey proposals. He wanted talks with the parties concerned to see if there was common ground fro a political settlement over Afghanistan, Mr. Perez de Cuellar's mission follows Pakistan's insistence that a UN representative take part in talks about relations between Afghanistan and its Iranian and Pakistani neighbours.
Pakistan, like Iran, refuse to recognise or talk with the soviet-installed government of Babrak Karmal in Kabul. It says it will only negotiate with representatives of Afghanistan's ruling People's Democratic party.
One of the leading matters discussed by Mr. Perez de Cuellar and Pakistani Foreign Minister Agha Shahi was whether the Kabul talks would involve all three countries and what role the UN envoy would play. Mr. Perez de Cuellar told reporters later that Afghanistan and Pakistan were interested in the talks. But he said Iran was against the idea and was too preoccupied with the Gulf was to see him. On arrival in kabul, the UN representatives started two days of talks on the question with the Afghan Foreign Minister.