Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko had talks with japanese Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, in Tokyo on Monday (12 January) in a renewed effort to conclude a peace treaty between their two countries.
GV Prime Minister's residence.
GV AND SVs Gromyko and wife arrive and are greeted. (3 shots)
SV Gromyko shakes hands with Miyazawa. (2 shots)
GV Prime Minister Miki arrives and chats with Gromyko. (2 shots)
GV Police trucks and cars PAN TO demonstration.
GV Leader addressing protesters.
SVS Demonstrators being bundled into police vehicles. (5 shots)
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Background: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko had talks with japanese Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, in Tokyo on Monday (12 January) in a renewed effort to conclude a peace treaty between their two countries.
Later on Monday, the Soviet Minister was met by a vocal rightist demonstration when he arrived at the Imperial Palace to pay a courtesy call on Emperor Hirohito.
The peace agreement talks have been foiled so far by a dispute over four Soviet-held islands off northern Japan.
Japan wants the islands returned before signing any agreement, but the Soviet Government regards Japan's claims for the islands as unfounded.
During the meeting with Prime Minister Miki, Mr. Gromyko renewed a call for a collective security pact in Asia along the lines of the European Helsinki agreement. The Soviet minister also expressed concern over Japan's negotiations for the conclusion of a peace agreement with China.
According to Japanese Foreign Ministry sources, Prime Minister Miki said he did not think an Asian collective security treaty was necessary.
The demonstration near the Palace was sparked by a small crowd of rightists and a traffic snarl soon developed as police in riot uniforms attempted to cordon the demonstrators off from the Palace entrance.
The protesters voiced their disapproval of Mr. Gromyko's visit and the negotiations for a peace treaty.
Several were arrested after a clash with police.
SYNOPSIS: The Japanese Prime Minister's residence in Tokyo was the scene of formal talks between Soviet Union Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, and Japanese political leaders on Monday.
Mr. Gromyko and his wife were met by Japanese Foreign Minister Kiichi Miyazawa on their arrival. The two Ministers have been discussing a proposed Soviet-Japanese peace agreement over the past three days.
The stumbling blocks to the agreement negotiations have been four Soviet held islands off northern Japan.
Prime Minister Miki continued the discussions on who will control the islands under the terms of the new treaty. So far, the Japanese have refused to back down on their claims for the return of the islands. The Soviet Union has described these claims as "unfounded".
The two men also discussed plans for a collective Asian security treaty and Japan's impending peace agreement with China.
Later on Monday, Mr. Gromyko was greeted by a vocal demonstration when he went to the Imperial Palace to pay a courtesy call on Emperor Hirohito. A small group of rightists sparked the demonstration, and as police moved in to cordon them off from the Palace entrance, a huge traffic jam built up.
The demonstrators were protesting against Mr. Gromyko's visit, and over the proposed agreement between the two countries. Several of them were arrested after a clash with police.