The United States and Soviet delegations to the sixth round of strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) met in Vienna today (Monday) and agreed to an immediate start to their formal discussions.
The United States and Soviet delegations to the sixth round of strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) met in Vienna today (Monday) and agreed to an immediate start to their formal discussions. They decided to hold the first full working session of the negotiations the following day.
Mr. Gerard Smith, chief American delegate, said he hoped the progress made in the five previous sessions would lead to early agreement in the current round. The leader of the Soviet side, Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Semyonov, said he had instructions to undertake the talks in a business-like and constructive spirit.
SYNOPSIS: Chief negotiator Gerard Smith leads the United States delegation into a new round of Strategic Arms Limitation Talks -- the SALT talks -- in Vienna on Monday. Mr. Smith declared that there had been real progress in the previous five rounds of discussions and he hoped for an early and successful conclusion to the current session.
Heading the Soviet delegation was a Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Vladimir Semyonov, who said he had instructions to carry on the negotiations in a constructive and business-like manner. The Americans start the talks, which have lasted for two years, with a clear commitment to reach a first stage agreement by May, when President Nixon visits Moscow.
Austrian President Franz Jonas met both delegations. And the two sides agreed to make an immediate start to formal talks, with their first working session planned for the following day. Both sides agreed earlier this year to concentrate on an accord limiting defensive or anti-ballistic missiles.