The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dost Mohd, has given a detailed account of the achievements of the ruling Marxist Party Congress held in March, which the Soviet-backed Kabul government described as revolutionary.
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GV Afghan Foreign Minister, Dost Mohd, arrives in car at VIP suite
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SCU Mr. Dost seated with Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Dixit, on his right, and Mr. Natwar Singh, Secretary in Indian Foreign Minister) on his left. Mr. Dost speaks (3 shots)
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GV Mr. Dost seated with Mrs. Gandhi ZOOM INTO CU Gandhi PAN TO Dost PULL BACK GV both seated
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE FOUR:
MR. DOST MOHD: "Oh, no, that's not true. Actually, you know, in our system, in our Party work, everything has to be adopted prior to the Conference, and actually this was adopted by the Plenary meeting of the Central Committee. This was before, and actually the timing for the conference was set up two days, and it just ended according to the (indistinct)."
REPORTER: "What, according to you, was the most significant act of the conference?"
DOST: "Well, I must say that you know, these documents, plan of action, and also report of the Central Committee presented by President Barbrak Karmal, General-Secretary of the Central Committee of the People's Democratic Party, and the President of the Revolutionary Council, and also there was a message to the nation. And, of course, there were also some amendments and additions and completion to the constitution of the Party, which we believe that all these documents were very useful, and also it was needed because, as you know, that actually after some 17 years, this was the first time that the whole party conference of the People's Democratic Party was held. And, because of that change in the hole circumstances and conditions of the country, we believe that this ought to have occurred. And it was there. I must say that I believe that it was perhaps appropriate, I mentioned about our relation with India, that there was also special reference to our relation with India, and also the conference unanimously adopted that (indistinct)."
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Background: The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan, Dost Mohd, has given a detailed account of the achievements of the ruling Marxist Party Congress held in March, which the Soviet-backed Kabul government described as revolutionary. The Minister made his statement to a news conference in the Indian capital Delhi, where he also held talks with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Mr. Dost, who stopped over in Delhi on Saturday (3 April) en route to Kuwait, was met by Dr. Natwar Singh, a Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Questioned by reporters about the two-day session of the Afghan Marxist Party Congress, the Foreign Minister said that most of the crucial decisions had been taken before the assembly opened. The Congress was unanimous in endorsing calls for purging dissidents and expropriating the estates of rich landlords. Diplomats in Delhi have said that the Congress extended general endorsement to the Soviet-backed government of Babrak Karmal. Mr. Dost was asked first whether the Congress had not been unusually short...