Preparation began in Madrid on Wednesday (10 September) for the third European Conference on Security Co-operation.
GV PAN ACROSS Congress Palace in Madrid, Spain, conference venue.
GV PAN Armed Security guards
AERIAL VIEW Police helicopter flying overhead.
SV & TV Cameras PULL OUT and PAN TO Congress Palace.
GV Delegates passing through security x-ray machine and luggage being checked. (3 SHOTS)
GV Delegates signing in.
GV Soviet delegates.
GV US delegates.
GV PAN FROM West German TO East German delegates.
GV Conference delegates.
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Background: Preparation began in Madrid on Wednesday (10 September) for the third European Conference on Security Co-operation. The last conference, held in Helsinki in 1975, agreed on ten principles for East-West detente. This year the delegates are hoping to enlarge on the principles, but they'll be doing so amid tight security.
SYNOPSIS: The 35-state conference is being held at Madrid's Congress Palace. Spanish authorities, mindful of recent activity by Basque separatists, are taking no chances. Five hundred police armed with machine guns, will b on permanent patrol during the preparatory period before the conference's official opening in November (11 November). There's also the additional security of overhead helicopters and closed-circuit television to monitor activity around the Congress Palace.
The delegates are being subjected to rigid checking. As they arrived they were put through an x-ray scanner. Once inside they have the task of planning what will be discussed at the conference proper, in November. There will, however, be an underlying struggle as to what is put on the agenda and how much time is spent discussing certain issues.
As delegates checked in,t he powerful Soviet and United States delegations made clear what they wanted. The Soviets said they aimed to improve inter-state relations by curbing the arms race. The U.S. said it would push for debates on human rights and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Western delegates say they want an open conference, but the Soviet Union is expected to ask for a restricted timetable.