The fourth annual session of the International Atomic Energy Agency opened in the Hofburg - the former imperial palace - in Vienna, Sept 20.
The fourth annual session of the International Atomic Energy Agency opened in the Hofburg - the former imperial palace - in Vienna, Sept 20. Member states at the conference now number 70 and, making his first public appearance as Soviet chief permanent delegate to the I.A.E.A., was former Russian Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, who has been Ambassador to Mongolia since 1957.
Addressing the conference, Sterling Cole, director-general of the I.A.E.A., warned that "bold decisions" were required if the agency - set up to promote the peaceful use of atomic energy - was not to slide into retreat and inertia. He said it was discouraging that, among other things, there was a lack of "wholehearted financial support" on the part of some member states.
Mr. Cole said that the exaggerated optimism of the first Geneva conference on atomic power had since given way to realization, based on experience, that the atomic age was not just round the corner; in fact it would entail years of training, of research, of development and of adaption before atomic uses became universal and economic.
Bulgarian delegate, Professor G. Nadjakov, was unanimously appointed chairman of the conference and Ghana was voted into membership on the recommendation of Sir Roger Makins, the United Kingdom delegate, in the name of the whole Commonwealth. Delegates from India, the Soviet Union and the United States warmly expressed their support.