The International Parliamentary Union conference - biggest gathering in France of international politicians for 20 years - was opened on Thursday by President Pompidou at the magnificent Palace of Versailles.
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Background: The International Parliamentary Union conference - biggest gathering in France of international politicians for 20 years - was opened on Thursday by President Pompidou at the magnificent Palace of Versailles.
The Conference opened without incident only a few hours after a rash of bomb threats had been made against the Palace, and against the National Assembly building in Paris, where most of the eight days of speeches will take place.
The Congress, attended by about 550 members of Parliament from 63 nations, will cover a wide range of subjects, including world trouble spots, disarmament, economic development, and racial discrimination in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The International Parliamentary Union Conference - biggest gathering in France of international politicians for 20 years - got under way on Thursday at the Palace of Versailles, a few hours after a rash of telephoned bomb threats had been made against it. Security men were posted on nearby rooftops, firemen set up equipment in the Palace, and identities were checked at the door as delegates entered the Conference.
Police earlier in the day had also checked the National Assembly Hall in Paris, where the conference will hold its working sessions. Hosting the Conference, which will last for eight days, is France's President Georges Pompidou, who headed the platform party at the Versailles opening. Among the issues likely to be covered are the Middle East crisis, the refugee problem in India, and the new four-power draft agreement on Berlin. The aim of the conference is to promote contacts between members of Parliaments, and to develop democratic institutions.
Among leading personalities present at the opening, as well as President Pompidou, are United States Senate Majority leader Mike Mansfield, Mr Alexei Chtikov, President of the Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R.