The conference of foreign ministers of 66 non-aligned nations opened in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday (August 8) with the admission of a Viet Cong 'government' of South Vietnam as the principal issue.
GV EXTERIOR Conference hall with national flags outside and delegates entering (2 shots)
SV Delegates greeted by Prime Minister Forbes Burnham (4 shots)
SV INT Delegates entering main hall (2 shots)
GV Members seated in hall
CU Indian delegate Swaran Singh (Foreign Minister)
CU Jordanian delegate Waleed Tash
CU Jamaican delegate Ivo de Souza
CU Senegalese delegate Ambassador Medoure
CU Malaysian delegate Mohammed Shafie (Information Minister)
CU Special Egyptian envoy Mohammed Riad
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Background: The conference of foreign ministers of 66 non-aligned nations opened in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday (August 8) with the admission of a Viet Cong 'government' of South Vietnam as the principal issue. Within two days, the conference was in fact split on the issue -- with south-east Asian delegations from Indonesia, Malaysia and Laos boycotting the conference after the admission of the Viet Cong 'government-in-exile'.
Other issues to be debated were Khmer Republic representation, claimed by Prince Norodom Sihanouk in exile in The People's Republic of China; an Algerian motion to set up an association of non-aligned Mediterranean nations to halt the arms race in the Middle East; and a joint fund to finance African and Middle East 'liberation movements'.