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    The Foreign Ministers of West Germany, Yugoslavia and China have called for disarmament, detente and an end to the conflict between Iran and Iraq.

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    GV INT United Nations General Assembly in session.

    SV West German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher speaking in German with Soviet delegates listening. (3 SHOTS)

    GV PAN General Assembly in session.

    SV Yugoslavian Foreign Minister Josip Vrhovec speaking in English.

    VRHOVEC: "At this point, I would like to express our deep regret and serious concern over the armed conflict between Iraq and Iran. We sincerely hope that these two countries, which belong to the non-signed movement, will find a peaceful solution to the conflict on the basis of the principles of the United Nations' Charter and the policy of non-alignment. Mr. President, I would like to particularly emphasise our conviction that the policy of non-alignment is a universal concept, whose spirit and basic values can also be successfully applied to inter-European relations and co-operations. The maintenance of a bloc-operations. The maintenance of a bloc-approach to the decisions of the Helsinki conference would amount to a lasting endorsement of the division of Europe, with the gave consequences of the whole world. Therefore, we feel that the time has come when the bloc-concept of detente reaches to a certain extent relevance in Europe and must increasingly involve into all-European detente."

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    Background: The Foreign Ministers of West Germany, Yugoslavia and China have called for disarmament, detente and an end to the conflict between Iran and Iraq. West Germany's Hans Dietrich Genscher. Josip Vrhoven of Yugoslavia and China's Huang Hua were addressing the United Nations General Assembly at the start of its 35th regular session in New York on Wednesday (24 September).

    SYNOPSIS: First to address the General Assembly was Herr Hans Dietrich Genscher of West Germany. His speech concentrated on disarmament.

    Herr Genscher said the Western allies had offered Warsaw Pact nations a comprehensive plan for disarmament and armament control. He reminded delegates of NATO's offer to discuss a reduction in medium-range missiles with the Soviet Union, when the treaty partners decided to deploy such nuclear warheads in Europe last December.

    Herr Genscher said it was imperative to get disarmament and armament control discussions going as soon as possible. He welcomed the decision by United States Secretary of State, Edmund Muskie, and Soviet Foreign Minister Alexei Gromyko, to start preparatory discussions when they meet at the UN on Thursday (25 September). Herr Genscher also said he was pleased about US President Jimmy Carter's personal assurances to have Congress ratify the SALT-Two treaty as soon as possible.

    The next Foreign Minister to address the Assembly was Josip Vrhovec of Yugoslavia. He expressed his concern about the conflict between Iran and Iraq.

    Foreign Minister Vrhovec's remarks about the need for detente were echoed by his Chinese counterpart Huang Hua.

    Foreign Affairs Minister Huang Hua focused his speech on the conflicts in South East Asia. He particularly attacked Soviet foreign policy in Afghanistan and Vietnam's role in Kampuchea. He said that what he called the "naked armed aggression in Afghanistan and Kampuchea" must receive priority over other issues at the current Assembly session. Foreign Affairs Minister Hua referred only briefly to the Iran-Iraq conflict. He urged the warring parties to stop fighting and negotiate a peaceful settlement, to avoid being exploited by those whom he said had "ulterior motives".

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