In Cuba the foreign ministers of the eighty-nine member Non Aligned Movement met on Friday(31 August) to prepare for next week's sixth Non -aligned summit and to try and avert a possible diplomatic row.
GV: Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam and President of the South-West Africa people's Organisation Sam Nujoma being greeted by Cuban President Fidel Castro and walking past troops. (4 shots)
GV: Port and coast in Havana.
GV: Street and high rise buildings. (2 shots)
GV AND SV: Conference hall with SCU of outgoing President Sahul Hameed, speaking in English at opening of meeting.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: HAMEED: "Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, I have pleasure in calling to order the ministerial conference of the sixth summit of heads of state and government of non-aligned countries in Havana, Cuba."
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Background: In Cuba the foreign ministers of the eighty-nine member Non Aligned Movement met on Friday(31 August) to prepare for next week's sixth Non -aligned summit and to try and avert a possible diplomatic row. Cuban President Dr Fidel Castro, has been accused by moderate members such as Yugoslavia, Egypt and India, of trying to steer the movement closer to the Soviet Union. The only surviving founder father of the Non-Aligned Movement, President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia, has been waging a diplomatic offensive to keep the non-aligned nations on their traditional neutral path between the superpowers and has flown out to Cuba early for talks with Dr. Castro.
SYNOPSIS: Several other leaders have also chosen to arrive early. Friday's (31 August) arrivals included Ethiopian President, Mengistu Haile Mariam, and President of the South-West African People's Organisation (SWAPO), Sam Nujoma, who received a warm welcome from Fidel Castro. Moderate were hoping that most of the conference's headaches can be ironed out in discussions before the summit begins on Monday (3 September).
In addition to Cuba's fiercely anti-Western stand, the question of whether Egypt's membership should be suspended and who should represent Kampuchea (Cambodia)--the Vietnamese backed Heng Samrin regime or the ousted Pol Pot regime -- is likely to result in heated discussions at the foreign ministers meeting. This was opened by outgoing chairman, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Sahul Hameed.