??? the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (25 September) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko?
CU President Jimmy Carter speaking at town meeting in Queen's New York
GV Carter on platform facing audience
CU Carter speaking, finishes and waves to crowd
GV General Assembly of United Nations
SV Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: CARTER: "We want the Soviets to understand that the American people are especially sensitive about Soviet combat troops in this ???, particularly in a country like Cuba, which acts in effect as an arm of the Soviets in adventurism and intervention in other countries. How to deal with this successfully is not an easy task, but we'll do the best we can. And I believe that you will report to the country within the next week."
BELL: "Mr. Carter closed his hour of being questioned, sometimes sympathetically, more often critically, with a vintage appeal for togetherness."
CARTER: "I would like to remind you in closing, that not only is this a nation that believes in free speech, but we are also the greatest nation on earth. And if you'll help me, we'll keep it that way. Thank you very much."
BELL: "This was the Jimmy Carter of the 1976 campaign style, pitching directly to the people, but now having a record to keep as well as promises to make. In 1976 New York State was for him, but now his position is being eroded by the threat of a Kennedy candidature."
REPORTER: MARTIN BELL
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Background: ??? the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (25 September) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko called U.S. charges that the Soviet Union has combat troops in Cuba, false, and said the matter should be closed. However, at a town meeting in Queen's New York, President Jimmy Carter promised to spell out a decisive programme on the Cuban situation by next week.
SYNOPSIS: In the General Assembly of the United Nations Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko called on the United States to admit the dispute over Soviet troops in Cuba was "based on falsehoods". He told the Assembly that the Soviet Union and other countries of the Socialist community have never threatened anybody, nor are they threatening anybody now.
Mr. Gromyko pledged that the Soviets would unswervingly follow a policy of peaceful co-existence among states with different social systems. But, he said with the stepping-up of military preparations by some states, they were compelled to maintain their own security.
He proposed that specific negotiations begin, to discuss the incessant production of weapons of mass destruction, with all nuclear powers participating. This would entail guarantees of security for non-nuclear states.