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    The seventh summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Nations ended in New Delhi on March 12.

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    1. SV Emblem of summit meeting. 0.03
    2. GV Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi speaks. (SOT) (3 SHOTS) 0.42
    3. SV Mrs Gandhi speaks, as delegates listen. (SOT) (2 SHOTS) 1.23
    4. SV Mrs Gandhi answers questions on Afghanistan. (SOT) 1.42
    GANDHI: (SEQ 2) "We appeal to our dear friends of Iran and Iraq to end their tragic war. I thank you all warmly and with all sincerity and give to you and your peoples the friendly greetings and best wishes of the people and the government of India. We wish you all bon voyage and safe landing in your countries. Thank you once again."
    GANDHI: (SEQ 3) "I wouldn't say there was a resistance to a call for ceasefire, but they are at war with each other and naturally each wanted to have the sort of wording which they thought was more to their liking. Put the very fact that they did agree shows that they put the cause of non-alignment and unity above this consideration."
    GANDHI: (SEQ 4) "Many of the people who are now talking about the question of Afghanistan, did not raise their voices when Vietnam was invaded and they had to take a terrible war for many years. It is only one example. I could give a hundred more just now."

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    Background: NEW DELHI, INDIA

    The seventh summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Nations ended in New Delhi on March 12. In her closing speech, Prime Minister Mrs India Gandhi appealed for an end to the war between Iran and Iraq, one of the thorniest issues which faced the conference. The two countries have been fighting for more than 30 months, but Mrs Gandhi, who was the conference chairman, said it was an encouraging sign that both Iran and Iraq had agreed to a mutual call for an end to the fighting. Delegates form nearly one hundred nations also agreed to a motion calling for the withdrawal of all Soviet troops from Afghanistan. The troops moved in the Soviet said; to support the government of Babrak Karmal in December 1979. Mrs Gandhi criticised some of those who condemned the Soviet incursion in Afghanistan by saying that those same voices were silent when the United States was involved in the fighting in Vietnam. Reuters quoted diplomatic observers as saying that under Mrs Gandhi's guidance the non-aligned movement was likely to steer a less controversial course between the United States and the Soviet Union than the one set at the previous conference in Havana under Fidel Castro President of Cuba.


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