The third European Security Conference opened in Spain on Tuesday (9 September) with western governments determined to keep the spotlight firmly fixed on Afghanistan and human rights issues.
GV EXTERIOR Palacio Congresso building in Madrid
GV Flags and billboard advertising C.S.C.E. conference
SV INTERIOR Delegates passing through security check (2 shots)
CU Spanish Foreign Minister Perez Llorca arrives at conference
SV French and German delegates seated
SV U.S. Delegates seated
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV. President of Conference speaking in Spanish with Spanish Foreign Minister seated on his right
SV PAN Austrian, belgian, USSR delegates listening (2 shots)
SV Spanish Foreign Minister leaving conference
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Background: The third European Security Conference opened in Spain on Tuesday (9 September) with western governments determined to keep the spotlight firmly fixed on Afghanistan and human rights issues. But before the conference was very old a procedural battle between East and West had developed over the conference timetable.
SYNOPSIS: The thirty five states at madrid's Palacio Congresso included every European country except Albania. The United States and Canada also were represented.
Strict security has been imposed. Five hundred policemen mounted an around-the-clock guard on the centre and delegates and journalists had to pas through metal detectors to ensure they were not armed. Closed-circuit television cameras kept watch inside and outside the building and specially-trained dogs were on hand.
The newly-appointed Spanish Foreign Minister, Mr Perez Llorca, welcomed delegates with a call for peace with liberty - liberty through co-operation.
Western delegates believed there was little chance of real progress but saw the conference as politically important as the first major test of detente since the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. Chief Spanish delegate Mr Javier Ruperez in his opening address described the meeting as a "detente thermometer."
The delegates are expected to spend about a month preparing the agenda for the main part of the conference which starts in November. Soviet Chief delegate Yuri Dubinin said in reference to the timetable that delegates should build on the past and also learn from the lessons of past conferences. Western diplomats interpreted his remarks to mean that Moscow may want substantial changes in procedures agreed on at the last conference i Belgrade three years ago.