INTRODUCTION: In spite of a call by Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi for unity, the non-aligned nations' conference opened in New Delhi on Monday (9 February) in disarray.
GV Vigyan Bhavan, venue for conference. Flags and sign indicating conference. (3 SHOTS)
GV EXTERIOR Delhi airport.
SV PAN Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister arrives at airport lounge.
SV EXTERIOR Pakistan Foreign Minister Mr. Aga Shahi alights from plane, greeted by Indian Minister Mr. Mahajan and officials. They walk-across tarmac towards airport lounge. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Pakistan Foreign Minister walks in VIP lounge and sits.
SV PAN United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah alights from plane and is received by Indian Minister Mr. C.P.N. Singh and officials.
SCU PAN PULL BACK TO SV Mr. Rashid 'Abdullah seated talking to Singh.
SV PAN INTERIOR VIP lounge, Qatar Foreign Minister Mr. Seikh Ahmed Bin Saifa Al-Thani with Singh. They sit and talk. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Seikh Mohammed Ibrahim Masud with Singh.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In spite of a call by Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi for unity, the non-aligned nations' conference opened in New Delhi on Monday (9 February) in disarray. Singapore questioned Cuba's right to chair the conference, accusing it for eroding the credibility and effectiveness of the movement because of its close links with Moscow.
SYNOPSIS: Five days of behind-the-scenes talks failed to bring agreement among the members of the movement on key issues like Afghanistan, Kampuchea and the Iran-Iraq war. Cuban Foreign Affairs Minister Isidoro Peoli ran into opposition to his country's aim of linking the movement with the Soviet bloc.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Aga Shahi said the non-aligned movement could maintain its credibility only by calling for the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and Kampuchea, and called for efforts to negotiate a political solution which would achieve a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Rashid Abdullah arrived in New Delhi no doubt hoping for a solution to the Gulf war, which has become an embarrassment to the non-aligned movement, as Iran and Iraq are both members. This is only one issue on which the 94 countries are divided.
Qatar's Foreign Ministers, Seikh Ahmed Al Thani, talked with Indian officials on his arrival at New Delhi airport. Many countries want the conference to condemn the Soviet Union and Vietnam, and consider India is being too soft in its appeals for unity.
At Pakistani's request, U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim will appoint a representative to organise talks between Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, aimed at producing a solution to the Afghanistan problem. But as with many other issues, the non-aligned countries remain divided.