United States National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and Assistant Secretary of State Warren christopher left Pakistan on Monday (4 February) after two days of intensive talks.
AV INTERIOR: US Delegation headed by National Security Adviser Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski seated at conference table opposite Pakistan President Zia-ul-Haq.
CU: President Zia
GV: Delegates around table during talks
GV INTERIOR: Members of press of Brzezinski's press conference at the Holiday Inn.
CU: Brzezinski speaking in English (2 shots)
GV: Crowds of refugees gathered near camp on Afghanistan border (2 shots)
GV: Refugees gathered around Brzezinski and party
SV: Refugee in crowd talking to Brzezinski and interpreter translating
SV: Brzezinski speaking to refugees (2 shots)
SV: Brzezinski waving to refugees as they shout and applaud
GV: Refugee tents
SV: Brzezinski and party looking at refugee tents and touring the camp (2 shots)
SV: Brzezinski and Assistant Secretary of State Warren Christopher talking to children and touring camp site. (2 shots)
BRZEZINSKI: "The fact of the matter is we have indicated our willingness to make an initial and sizeable contribution but we would like to have a better nation of what other governments are preparing to do and we also feel in the light of the very complex strategic and political situation in which Pakistan finds itself, to find out with our own military team report (as heard). Once all of that has taken place we'll be in a better position to hold additional consultations with the government of Pakistan and to move forward in the spirit of this very positive communique and in the spirit of these very constructive talks.
REFUGEE (SPEAKING THROUGH TRANSLATOR) "Whatever has happened to us in our country has happened on account of the Russian not because of (indistinct)."
BRZEZINSKI: "That land over there is yours. You'll go back to it one day because your fight will prevail and you'll have your homes and your mosques back again because your cause is right and God is on your side."
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Background: United States National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and Assistant Secretary of State Warren christopher left Pakistan on Monday (4 February) after two days of intensive talks. Both American and Pakistan negotiators have expressed satisfaction with the result of the discussions which centred on the strategic change in the region since the Soviet intervention in neighbouring Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Brzezinski was sent to Pakistan to try to establish closer ties between the two countries. As a result of the talks, Mr Brzezinski announced that the United States intended to strengthen a 1959 security agreement with Pakistan to counter possible Soviet aggression from the north. But he said details of a proposed 400 million dollar economic and military aid package to Pakistan had not been finalised.
Part of Mr Brzezinski's visit to Pakistan was spent at a refugee camp in the mountainous north-west province close at the Khyber Pass which leads to the border with Afghanistan. Here he had an opportunity to talk with those who had fled from the new authorities.
Mr Brzezinski pledged the United States moral support for the 420 thousand refugees in the region but avoided answering the guerrillas' pleas for modern arms to fight Soviet planes and tanks.
The U.S. envoy's visit to the Khyber Pass did not pass without incident - at one stage he came perilously close to getting shot. A Pakistani soldier who let off a burst of machine-gun fire towards the Afghan border to show off his automatic weapon, was hurled backwards by the recoil and almost sprayed bullets into a room where Mr. Brzezinski's party had gathered.