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    In this major opening address at the Organisation of American States in Costa Rica on Wednesday. (14 April) United Nations Secretary General U Thant called for regular summit meetings of nuclear powers--including the People's Republic of China.

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    In this major opening address at the Organisation of American States in Costa Rica on Wednesday. (14 April) United Nations Secretary General U Thant called for regular summit meetings of nuclear powers--including the People's Republic of China. He also said that it was time to admit China, West and East Germany. North and South Korea, and North and South Vietnam to the World Body.

    U Thant's remarks about China were understood to be related to current moves to broaden contacts between Peking and Washington. He called for a great power summit meeting, to include Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, "to initiate a change from confrontation and division to the building of a safe and peaceful world."
    At the United Nations in New York, where a text of U Thant's speech was issued in three languages, many officials believe there is at least on outside chance that the People's Republic of China may be admitted to the World Organisation during the General Assembly Session which opens in September; and if not then, certainly during 1972.

    SYNOPSIS: At the Organisation of American States General Assembly in Costa Rica, United Nations Secretary General U Thant on Wednesday called for closer ties with the People's Republic of China.

    U Thant, in his major opening speech later called for periodic summit meetings of the nuclear powers--including China. His remarks about China were understood to be related to current moves to broaden contacts between Peking and Washington, and the West generally.

    U Thant's remarks were made in the presence of United States Secretary of State William Rodgers and other leaders of American nations. The text of his speech was issued at the United Nations in New York. Many officials there believe there is at least an outside chance that the People's Republic of China may be admitted to the World Organisation during the General Assembly which opens in September; and if not then certainly during 1972. Costa Rica's President Jose Figueres made no mention of the content of U Thant's speech, and confined his address to the assembled delegates to welcoming them to Costa Rica for the session, which ends on April the twenty-fourth.

    U Thant said that the major summit meetings could be held at one of the cities in neutral countries where the United Nations has offices. He also said that it was time to admit China, West and East Germany, North and South Korea, and North and South Vietnam to the World Body.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2JAFMDGJRI2GZ7M98P8YXLUQT
    Media URN:
    VLVA2JAFMDGJRI2GZ7M98P8YXLUQT
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
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    N/A

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