Former West Germany Chancellor Wily Brandt warned on Friday (9 December) against expecting too much from the new commission of rich and poor nations.
GV EXTERIOR: Gymnich Castle near Bonn.
SV INTERIOR: Former Indonesian Foreign Minister Adam Malik enters room followed by Upper Volta presidential adviser Antoine Kipsa Dakoure.
SV: Mr. Dakoure, former Children president Eudaro Drei Montalva, and Mrs. Katherine Graham.
SV: Group including Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Laksmi Kant Jha; and Mr. Malik.
SV: Former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and his former vice-chancellor Walter Scheel walk in and takes seats.
Herr Brandt speaking in English and is applauded.
BRANDT: "We must seek out the mutual interests within our own industrial communities, and with the non-industrialised developing world. Those mutual interests may be hard to find, the necessary co-operation will be difficult to achieve, but this commission can hold up a torch and could give a lead. It is with this hope in mind that again I welcome you here for our first meeting."
The commission in designed to improve relations between industrialised and developing nations. It consists of seven representatives from industrial countries and nine from the developing nations. Four former heads of government, Edward Heath from Great Britain, Mr. Olaf Plame of Sweden, Monsieur Pierre Mendes-France of France and Eduardo Frei of Chile, are on the commission. The United States, Japan and Canada are also represented. Among third world representatives are Tanzania's former Minister of Industry and Trade, Amir Jamal and the secretary-general of the British Commonwealth, Sir Shridath Ramphal. Herr Bandt said he hoped the report presented by the commission would make the tasks of governments and international bodies easier. He stressed that the commission was independent of current negotiations between governments and no-one could expect it to solve all the problems that have troubled international meetings for years.
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Background: Former West Germany Chancellor Wily Brandt warned on Friday (9 December) against expecting too much from the new commission of rich and poor nations. He was addressing commission members and guests at the opening ceremony at Gymnich Castle, about 30 kilometres (20 moles) from Bonn. Herr Brandt said no-one could be certain whether the commission would succeed in adopting a common standpoint at the end of its approaching 10-months' work.
SYNOPSIS: The commission was set up through World Bank president, Robert McNamara, following poor results from so-called north-south dialogues in Paris. Indonesia's former Foreign Minister Adam Malik enters the conference chamber, followed by Monsieur Antoine Kipsa Dakoure, an adviser to President Sangoule Lamizana of Upper Volta. Among the commission members they conversed with was Mrs. Katherine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post.
Herr Brandt, who was West German Chancellor from 1969 to 1974, with Herr Walter School, who was his vice-chancellor during those five years.