Socialist leaders from European, African and Latin American countries have been meeting in Portugal to discuss the progress of democracy in Spain and Portugal and the influence it will have on political developments in Latin America.
SV PAN INTERIOR Delegates to Socialist conference seated, including Spanish Socialist leader Felipe Gonzales (at rear) and former Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares, with former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt on his right.
SV Delegates from Senegal, Chile, Italy, Costa Rice, and Brandt.
CU Brandt ZOOM OUT TO Soares beside him, and other delegates.
SV PAN Delegates in main body of hall.
SV Sign: `Conferencia de Lisboa'.
SV EXTERIOR Interview in Spanish with Hipolito Solari Yrigoyen, member of the political bureau of Argentina's Radical Civic Union.
SCU Brandt speaking in English.
BRANDT:"The objective is to go on with the dialogue which started in Caracas two years ago -- two-and-half-years ago -- to bring about better information and exchange of views between Social Democratic Parties in Europe and Parties with a similar background, even if they work under different historical conditions, in Latin America and the Caribbean. No only as far as North-South problems are concerned, but also as exchange of views -- in this case especially an exchange of views as far as the transformations in Spain and Portugal are concerned compared with processes which are going on and may be going further in various parts of Latin America."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much."
On the last day of the meeting Herr Brandt said it would pass a resolution condemning the right-wing government of General Anastasio Somoza in Nicaragua. President Somoza's forces recently crushed a revolt against him, led by a left-wing guerrilla group. He banned the nine main opposition parties in Nicaragua before his re-election as President in 1974. Felipe Gonzales also said on Monday (2 October) that the death of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco had orphaned the Latin American dictators and that Latin America might now take the road of democratic socialism. Leader of the Dominican Revolutionary Party, Pema Gomez, said Mario Soares' visit to the Dominican Republic at the head of a Socialist International mission to Latin America last March had heralded his party's victory in Presidential elections.
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Background: Socialist leaders from European, African and Latin American countries have been meeting in Portugal to discuss the progress of democracy in Spain and Portugal and the influence it will have on political developments in Latin America.
SYNOPSIS: Among the delegates who attended the three-day conference at the Atlantic coastal resort of Estoril, near Lisbon, were Spanish Socialist leader Felipe Gonzales, former Portuguese Prime Minister Mario Soares and former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt. The meeting was sponsored by the Portuguese Socialist Party.
An outline of the objectives of the conference was given by Hipolito Solari Yrigoyen, a member of Argentina's Radical Civic Union. A Senator in 1973, he is now exiled.
Speaking to newsmen in Spanish, Senor Yrigoyen said that the meeting had been called to discuss item by item the situations and events which threaten the countries involved.
Senor Yrigoyen singled out Costa Rica, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic as countries which had already achieved democratic government and then mentioned Bolivia as one which was taking the road towards it. He added that the delegates were hoping to get a consensus of opinion which would represent the views of socialists throughout Latin America-- including Chile, Argentina and Uruguay -- still very much under military rule. Willy Brandt also spoke to newsmen in English about the aims and objectives of the meeting.