The Yugoslav President, Cvijetin Mijatovic, has been visiting Italy.
GV EXTERIOR Quirinale Palace in Rome
GV limousine arrives in courtyard and Yugoslav President Cvijetin Mijatovic alights; greeted by Italian Presidents Alessandro Pertini
SV Two Presidents inspect guard of honour
SV INTERIOR President Mijatovic and President Pertini seated (2 shots)
SV EXTERIOR ZOOM OUT TO GO GV Victor Emmanuel monument in Rome
TOPVIEW President Mijatovic inspecting guard of honour at monument PULL OUT TO GV
GV President Mijatovic and escort mount steps to Tomb of Unknown Soldier.
SV Soldier on duty PULL OUT TO GV President Mijatovic and escort going down steps (2 shots)
GV Pope and Mijatovic looking at book (3 shots)
SV Pope and Mijatovic shaking hands and inspecting book (3 shots)
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Background: The Yugoslav President, Cvijetin Mijatovic, has been visiting Italy. He was greeted at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Wednesday (17 December) by the Italian President, Signor Alessandro Pertini, and, on Friday (19/12) he met with the Pope.
SYNOPSIS: The Quirinale Palace. Yugoslavia is still feeling its way after the death of Josip Broz Tito last May. Mr. Mijatovic, who comes from Bosnia-Herzegovina, became leader eleven days after his death, but only because it was his turn to head the collective presidency which now rules Yugoslavia. Greeted here by Italian President Alessandro Pertini, he came bearing the titles of Commander of the Armed Forces, and President of the Presidency. He holds these offices for 12 months.
Italy is party to the five-year trade agreement between Yugoslavia and the European Economic Community (EEC), which came into force last July. Observers believe Yugoslavia's political leaders and economics experts want relations with the community to become even closer. Both sides, however, realise the existing arrangement is unusual given the social and economic differences that exist.
Mijatovic also visited the Victor Emmanuel monument in the heart of Rome containing the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Yugoslav visitor came here with relations between his country and Italy as firm on the surface as they have been for at least two generations. The Treaty of Osimo, which they signed in 1975, and ratified two years later, has contributed towards this state of affairs. The agreement involved settling the Trieste issue -- the last border question arising out of World War Two. it had ruffled the otherwise good relations between Yugoslavia and Italy as late as 1974. During the war, the Germans had seized Trieste, the Adriatic Port in north-eastern Italy, but Marshal Tito's troops occupied it in 1945, and claimed it for Yugoslavia. Two years later, the free Territory of Trieste was created, and then there was a provisional arrangement, with each country controlling a separate zone. Among other things, the Treaty of Osimo proposed this arrangement should become permanent, with Yugoslavia giving up its claim to control the entire Free territory. On Friday (19/12) Mr. Mujatovic was received by Pope John Paul. The Pope praised Yugoslavia's relations with the Roman Catholic church and the country's efforts to preserve world peace.
The Pope said the Yugoslav President's visit was an important step in the consolidation of fruitful relations between the Holy See and yugoslavia which have been normalised for some years now. The Pope had a long private audience with Mr. Mijatovic and afterwards they exchanged gifts.