INTRODUCTION: Foreign ministers from 95 countries in the non-aligned movement gathered in Delhi at the weekend (7-8 February).
GVs Flag reading "Non-aligned Foreign Ministers Conference" and conference building (2 shots)"
SVs INTERIOR Mrs Gandhi speaking in English with shots of Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq delegates listening and showing Kampuchea's empty seat (9 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 2: MRS. GANDHI: "Mr. Chairman, many changes have occurred since the non-aligned summit was held in your brave and beautiful country 18 months ago. We hear of a crisis of character, a crisis of civilisation. What else can we expect when, having so recently seen the horror and heartbreak of war, countries still prepare for a new military confrontation. There is disquiet in Europe, gathering danger in Asia, and new pressures on Latin America and the Caribbean. Non-aligned countries are being asked to stand up and be counted for-or-against one side or the other. We see the familiar efforts to turn one non-aligned country against another, to weaken our solidarity, and to impair the cohesion of our movement. These are backed by economic threats and blandishments on the one hand, and military and bases on the other. The realities of the world situation, the possibility of the nuclear armageddon by a single lapse or rash, act, reinforce the relevance of non-alignment, and demand a re-dedication to it. From this conference should issue a call to the big powers to de-escalate belligerent rhetoric, to reduce presence in the Indian Ocean, and in various parts of Asia and Africa, and to resume the earnest search for understanding and peace. We are all deeply distressed by events in Afghanistan, and the unhappy conflict in West Asia between two of our own brothers had adverse consequences for the people of these two countries, as well as other non-aligned nations. These developments have given encouragement to forces which work against our movement and increase the risk of intervention. Let us hope the big powers will not be tempted to take advantage to enlarge local disputes into larger confrontations. In the name of peace and future of mankind, we plead with the combatants, and appeal to those who are waiting in the wings to call their young men back to their homes."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Foreign ministers from 95 countries in the non-aligned movement gathered in Delhi at the weekend (7-8 February). As host to the conference, India's Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi made the inaugural speech, in which she surveyed the problems of the world.
SYNOPSIS: The biggest gathering of non-aligned nation foreign ministers ever to meet heard Mrs. Gandhi begin by thanking the Chairman, the Cuban Foreign Minister.