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    The Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev pledged the kremlin would work for military detente in Europe during his speech to the European Security Conference in Helsinki on Thursday (31 July).

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    The Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev pledged the kremlin would work for military detente in Europe during his speech to the European Security Conference in Helsinki on Thursday (31 July). His statement is likely to give new impetus to stalled East-West force reduction talks in Vienna.

    Mr. Brezhnev made his pledge before the leaders of 34 other states of Europe and North America attending the meeting.

    Mr. Brezhnev's statement was greeted by western delegations -- who have regarded progress at the Vienna negotiations as a test of Soviet sincerity -- as building greater confidence between the two halves of the continent.

    Among the other speakers was the French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing, who reaffirmed his Government's reservations about the Vienna force reduction talks. He implicity rejected Soviet insistence that full ideological conflict would continue despite detente. He said ideological competition was natural, but the spirit of detente should make the states set a limit on the harshness of such competition.

    SYNOPSIS: The second day of the European Security Conference provided key speeches by two major European leaders. President Valery Giscard D'Estaing of France made the ideology of detente his theme.

    President Giscard reaffirmed his Government's reservations about talks at present being held in Vienna over force reduction. He rejected the Soviet insistence that full ideological conflict would continue despite detente.

    President Giscard told the other heads of European and North American nations that ideological competition was natural, but the spirit of detente should make states set a limit on the harshness of such competition.

    The next speaker was the Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev. One of the other major speakers was Archbishop Makarios. The Turkish delegation left the room when he went to the rostrum. They said he did not represent Cyprus.

    In his speech Mr. Brezhnev pledged that the Kremlin would work for military detente in Europe. It is thought this statement will give new impetus to the Vienna force reduction talks. Mr. Brezhnev said that a primary goal of his country was to find ways to reduce armed forces and armaments in central Europe without diminishing the security of any nation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1LIFA73JR21WJQYDRVASSJEKJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1LIFA73JR21WJQYDRVASSJEKJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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