European, Economic Community leaders have been predicting that President Nixon's proposed autumn visit to Europe is on, following their quarterly tow-day meeting in Copenhagen.
GV Christianaborg Palace
MV Press seated.
CU Danish Foreign Minister speaking
CU Italian and German Ministers
CU Anderean speaking.
CU Dutch Minister listening
CU Andersan speaking
A TRANSCRIPT OF FOREIGN MINISTER ANDERSEN'S COMMENTS FOLLOWS:
K B ANDERSEN: "The Ministers decided in principle to include a member of the EEC Commission in the delegation of the country which holds the Presidency. It means from now on until the and of December, Denmark and from the 1st of January, the Federal Republic. The purpose of this is to safeguard the interests of the EEC according to the statement I made on behalf of the European communities in Helsinki the 3rd of July this year during the first phase of the conference. The Ministers all stressed how positively they appraise the political co-operation among the Nine - not least with regard to the conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. Furthermore I informed my colleagues on the unofficial visit, the private visit to Copenhagen, of the Secretary General of the Comecon towards the end of August, so far as I remember the 27th of August. They all confirmed that relations between Comecon and the EEC should be discussed in the EEC Council - probably on September 20th. Finally the nine Foreign Ministers had a short exchange of views on the situation in the Middle East and were informed about the date of the colloquium with the political Commission of the European Parliamentary Assembly."
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Background: European, Economic Community leaders have been predicting that President Nixon's proposed autumn visit to Europe is on, following their quarterly tow-day meeting in Copenhagen.
The United States recently made it clear that Mr. Nixon's visit might be called of it the Community was unable to agree on a clear-cut attitude on the future of their relations with the U.S.
The meeting which ended on Tuesday (September 11) agreed on a list of topics to be discussed with the United States - after report of French hesitation. The text of a draft declaration, which could be signed by both sides when the President is in European was prepared.
West German Foreign Minister Walter School said: "I think President Nixon will come."
The French Foreign Minister Michel Jobsrt told journalists after the session: "Europs ??? speak to the Americans with one voice."
The Nine want to discuss the whole range of economic and political questions with the United States. But Atlantic security matters are to be kept within the framework of the NATO Alliance. At a Press Conference the Danish Foreign Minister, K B Andersen spoke of other matters discussed including the EEC Commission representation at the second stage of the European Security Conference in Geneva. A report was also given on recent contacts between EEC officials and the East European Comecon Economic Organisation.