In New Delhi, leaders from 100 non-aligned nations, including Pakistan's General Zia ul Haq, and Yasser Arafat, from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), attended the opening of the seventh summit.
GVs Officials from member states seated in conference hall.(2 shots)
SV General Zia ul Haq of Pakistan and Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), shake hands across aisle.
GV Delegates listen as President Fidel Castro of Cuba declares 7th summit open.(3 shots)
GV PAN Delegates take seats after applauding as Mrs. Indira Gandhi of India takes rostrum.(2 shots)
SV Mrs. Gandhi speaks (SOT).(2 shots)
SV President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea at rostrum.
SV King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan.
SV Mr Spyros Kyprianou, President of Cyprus.
SV Mr Forbes Sampson Bernham, President of Guyana.
SV Mr Sam Nujoma, President of South West Africa People's Organisation.(SWAPO)
SV Castro hands chairman's gavel to Mrs. Gandhi.
TRANSCRIPT (SEQ 5):
GANDHI:"Humankind is balancing on the brink of the collapse of the world economic system, and annihilation through nuclear war. Should these tragedies occur, can any one of us, large, small, rich or poor, from North or South, West or East, hope to escape? Let us analyse the economic crisis. We of the developing world have no margin of safety. We shall be the first, and the worst suffers in any economic breakdown."
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Background: In New Delhi, leaders from 100 non-aligned nations, including Pakistan's General Zia ul Haq, and Yasser Arafat, from the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), attended the opening of the seventh summit. President Fidel Castro, of Cuba, outgoing chairman, made the opening speech, on March 7, and delegates applauded as India's Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, took the rostrum. She said the world was poised on the brink of an international monetary collapse and that Third World countries were most at risk. She also said world peace was threatened by the presence of large arsenals of nuclear weapons. The non-aligned movements was established 22 years ago as a neutral buffer between the political blocs of the Soviet Union and the United States. Representing the different continents were President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, who spoke on behalf of the African nations, followed by King Hussein of Jordan, on behalf of Asian countries. The European spokesman was Mr. Spyros Kyprianou, President of Cyprus, and Latin America and the Caribbean Islands were represented by Mr. Forbes Sampson, President of Guyana. The head of the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), Mr. Sam Nujoma, spoke on behalf of the liberation movement. President Castro, as outgoing chairman since the last conference in Havana in 1979, handed over the symbolic gavel to Mrs. Gandhi, watched by observers from 18 countries.