INTRODUCTION The long-awaited North-South summit meeting opened in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Thursday (22 October).
GV PAN Delegates seated around conference table.
SV British Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher and Foreign Minister Lord Carrington.
SV President Portillo of Mexico.
SV Empty chair of American delegation.
SV President Reagan and delegation arrive.
SV Portillo speaking to delegates.
GV Delegates at the meeting.
SV Pierre Trudeau of Canada, co-Chairman of conference.
SV Reagan listens.
SV Pierre Trudeau speaking.
SV Saudi Arabian delegation.
SV Delegates around conference table. (2 SHOTS)
SV British delegate Lord Carrington speaking.
GV & SV PULL BACK Sheraton Hotel, conference venue. (4 SHOTS)
TRUDEAU (SEQ. 10): "We have to keep in mind that are, in a sense, 130 empty seats in this room. It is a responsibility that we have to speak for all mankind, and I would think that this meeting, and I know you share my views, Jose. This meeting will be fruitful if we can use .. it to get to know each other better of course, but also to see where we can persuade each other to bring our actions closer together for the betterment of mankind, rather than just being concerned with what happens in our own nation."
CARRINGTON (SEQ. 13): "British aid is greater than the aid of the whole Soviet bloc, I think that is the figure. The aid from the Soviet bloc is concentrated almost entirely in Vietnam and Cuba. I suggest that we are doing rather better, and I think that it is rather sad that we can't bring the Soviet bloc along with us."
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Background: INTRODUCTION The long-awaited North-South summit meeting opened in the Mexican resort of Cancun on Thursday (22 October). Twenty-two government leaders, representing more than half the world's population, gathered to discuss ways of bridging the poverty gap that divides their peoples. The two-day conference was not expected to produce any immediate solutions to global poverty and hunger but delegates hope that a fresh impetus will be given to the stalled North-South dialogue.
SYNOPSIS: The leaders of eight industrialised nations sat with those from 14 of the world's very poorest countries who want an increase in economic aid.
The conference was hosted by the Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo, who hopes that the talks might lead to some positive agreement towards a new economic world order. Vital to any such understanding is the United States under President Ronald Reagan.
President Portillo welcomed the delegates with a plea on behalf of the world's poor. Each of the leaders at the two-day meeting was allowed only ten minutes to present a viewpoint.
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was named by fellow delegates as co-Chairman of the conference in recognition of his undoubted commitment to the North-South dialogue.
However, the conflicting ideologies of the participants, and of the world at large, underlined the conference as Britain's Lord Carrington showed.
One of the central issues discussed by the delegates at the conference was the possible creation of an international energy agency. Such an institution, it was argued, could provide preferential credit to underdeveloped oil importing countries. International provision for a new global food order was also high on the agenda. Certainly, the elegant setting of the Cancun Sheraton hotel provided the leaders with a dramatic contrast to the lot of the world's poor that dominated the talks.