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    The growing threat of diplomatic kidnappings, and the progress of negotiations to enlarge the Common Market, were the principal topics discussed by foreign ministers of 17 west European nations in Paris today (Friday).

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    The growing threat of diplomatic kidnappings, and the progress of negotiations to enlarge the Common Market, were the principal topics discussed by foreign ministers of 17 west European nations in Paris today (Friday). They had come together for the end-of-year meeting of the Council of Europe's Ministerial Committee.

    The ministers approved a resolution calling on member governments to ensure that their laws afford severe punishment for the kidnappers of diplomats. Members states were also urged to co-operate in measures to protect diplomats.

    When the debate turned to the Common Market, British Foreign Office Under-Secretary Anthony Royle said the Britain hopes to conclude negotiations on Common Market entry during the next few months.

    Britain wants to surmount the remaining obstacles to joining the Community before next summer. Early 1972 has been set as the target date for enlarging the community. Denmark, Norway and Ireland are other applicants for membership.

    Dutch Foreign Minister Joseph Luns, who presided over today's committee meeting, warned that the failure of the negotiations would cause a grave crisis in the community. But he added his personal conviction that the negotiations would be a success. West German Foreign Minister Walter Scheel was also convinced that the current political situation is promising for the enlargement of the Common Market.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2FWJWAJX0Q6AGT9A30QBIHT81
    Media URN:
    VLVA2FWJWAJX0Q6AGT9A30QBIHT81
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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