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    Communist Party leaders from the Soviet Union, Hungary and Bulgaria arrived in East Berlin on Monday (17 May) for Tuesday's opening of East Germany's Ninth Party Congress.

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    Communist Party leaders from the Soviet Union, Hungary and Bulgaria arrived in East Berlin on Monday (17 May) for Tuesday's opening of East Germany's Ninth Party Congress.

    The aims of this meeting show a marked departure from the primary goals set out in previous congresses. The draft programme stresses ties with the Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries. According to Reuters, this formally replaces the long-abandoned goal of a reunited Germany, which had been stated as the primary aim of previous Congresses.

    The Soviet Union delegation is headed by Mr. Mikhail Suslov, replacing the Soviet leader Mr. Leonid Brezhnev who had been expected to attend. Mr. Suslov is the Soviet Union's chief ideologist and a conservative member of the Politburo. Hungary's delegation is headed by Party leader, Mr. Janos Kadar and Bulgaria's by Mr. Todor Zhivkov, who was re-elected party leader last month.

    As well as East European leaders, delegates are attending from the Communist parties of Western Europe. In events leading up to the Congress, east German Party leader, herr Erich Honecker, had stressed the virtues of orthodox communism and issued mild reproofs for some of the policies of the West European Communist parties.

    Earlier this month, a preparatory meeting for an all-Europe Communist conference broke up with an announcement that the event would be held in the near future after one last preliminary session. The East German domestic Congress gives European Communist officials a change for behind-the-scenes discussions on the all-Europe conference.

    During the Congress, Herr Honecker will review the political course of East Germany over the past five years and outline broad policies for the next five years. According to the draft programme, no radical departures of present police are expected and there are unlikely to be major changes in the upper ranks of the East German party.

    After their arrival, the Soviet delegation laid wreaths at the Soviet War Memorial in East Berlin, where about fifteen thousand Soviet soldiers are buried.

    SYNOPSIS: Leaders from the Communist bloc countries arrived in East Berlin on Monday to attend East Germany's Ninth Party Congress. The Soviet Union's delegation was led by Politburo member Mikhail Suslov replacing Party leader Leonid Brezhnev who had been expected to attend. They were greeted by Herr Erich Honecker who presides over the congress in his fifth year as party leader.

    Hungary's Party leader, Vanos Kadar, led his country's delegation. East Germany is using this Congress to stress ties with its Warsaw Pact allies, rather than the traditional goal of a re-unified Germany. According to the draft programme, Congress will do little to change future East German policies.

    Mr. Todor Zhikov, leading the Bulgarian group, comes from his own party congress last month. His party had re-elected him First Secretary after 20 years of leadership. East Germany's Party is excepted to do likewise and re-confirm Herr Honecker as leader.

    The Soviet Union delegation alter laid wreaths at the Soviet War Memorial in East Berlin. A squad of Soviet soldiers carried the wreaths in memory of 15,000 of their countrymen buried in the city during the final stages of World War Two. They were followed by the Politburo members who are representing the Soviet Union during the East German Congress.

    The Soviet Union can look forward to stronger ties with East Germany. Herr Honecker is presenting East Germany's Moscow-style orthodoxy as an example to visiting Communist Party leaders.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2GK720K39ZPRX16U91VE5J4GD
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GK720K39ZPRX16U91VE5J4GD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
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    N/A

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