As preparations for the European Security Conference got underway on Sunday (9 November) a massive security operation was mounted to closely guard the thirty-five delegations.
GV AND SV Palace of Congresses with flags outside (3 shots)
LV Security guard outside Palace
SV TV cameras
SV INTERIOR Delegates being searched on entry into building
SV More people being searched (3 shots)
CU Sign of Plenary Room
SV Delegates entering conference room
GV Delegates sitting round table
SV President of the conference seated at table
SV Delegate of the Soviet Union seated
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Background: As preparations for the European Security Conference got underway on Sunday (9 November) a massive security operation was mounted to closely guard the thirty-five delegations. Hundreds of Spanish security men have been engaged to make sure the conference is not marred by any acts for terrorism.
SYNOPSIS: The venue for the conference, the Palace of Congresses in central Madrid, has been under a round-the-clock guard for more than two months. Ever since the first of the conference delegates started arriving, every person who enters the massive building has been thoroughly searched. Closed circuit television cameras have been set up in the grounds of the Palace so that every movement around the building can be monitored in a central security control room.
Inside, all officials connected with the conference are searched before being allowed entry. Even the delegation leaders must submit their bags for X-Ray examination, and step through sensitive metal detectors. Apart from the sophisticated electronic surveillance equipment, they have brought in specially trained police dogs and even helicopters to watch cut for intruders. Security arrangements have been complicated by the drawn out negotiations over the controversial agenda for the conference, which was due open on Monday (11 November). The delegates have been meeting twice daily in the tightly guarded Plenary room for the past nine weeks to try and settle the issue.
The hold-up has been caused by a dispute between East and West European delegates over the amount of time that should be devoted to discussing implementation of the pledges made at the Security Conference held in Helsinki in 1975.