In Poland delegates from seventy eight countries assembled in the town of Wroclaw last week for an International Intellectuals' Conference convened by the World Peace Council.
GV and CU EXT OF hall with peace plaque (2 shots)
GV and CU delegates seated inside hall (8 shots)
GV Chairman of All Poland Committee of Peace Defenders, Jozef Cryankiewicz speaking in Polish with delegates listening (4 shots)
SV Delegates applauding
CU World peace sign and GV Delegates (2 shots)
CU Chairman of World Peace Council, Ramesh Chandra speaking in English
CHANDRA: "...the Party and the entire people of Poland for the constant support they have given to the World Peace Council. We are very much at home here -- Poland -- as I have said many times is a land of peace and a land of the World Peace Council. On behalf of all those who are here we want to thank Poland very much for allowing us to be here again."
In this speech Mr Chandra also outlined the achievements of the peace movement in the past thirty years. He said the world had succeeded in maintaining peace and many people, particularly in Africa and Asia, had gained independence. He added that fascism had been abolished in Spain, Portugal and Greece, but the danger of war was not completely averted. He also said that the development of new mass annihilation weapons has made it necessary for nations and the world peace movement to carry on the struggle to put an end to military conflicts.
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Background: In Poland delegates from seventy eight countries assembled in the town of Wroclaw last week for an International Intellectuals' Conference convened by the World Peace Council.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was called to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Intellectuals' Congress for the Defence of Peace, which was staged in Wroclaw in 1948. This year's delegates were the successors to such famous names as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Irene Joliot Curie, who spoke out for peace three decades ago. During three days of debate the participants discussed topics which included efforts being made for the creation of a new world order.
The proceedings were inaugurated by the Chairman of the All-Poland Committee of Peace Defenders, Jozef Cyrankiewicz. Welcoming the delegates, he said that he was greeting true friends who had come from virtually every corner of the globe -- in fact from all continents. He also apologised to them for the inconvenience of their journey to Wroclaw -- some two hundred and fifty miles south west of the Polish capital, Warsaw.
Other topics on the conference agenda included the development of detente and international co-operation, the struggle against all forms of repression and the fight against neo-colonial exploitation and racism.
After showing their appreciation of Mr Cyrankiewicz's speech the delegates were then also welcomed by the Chairman of the World Peace Council, Ramesh Chandra.