Paris ----- President Charles de Gaulle meet medical experts from five countries who are Paris for talks on a French plan for an international cancer research institute, at the Elysees Palace on December 18th.
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Background: Paris ----- President Charles de Gaulle meet medical experts from five countries who are Paris for talks on a French plan for an international cancer research institute, at the Elysees Palace on December 18th.
The French initiative was the result of an appeal last month from 13 eminent Frenchmen for the great powers to set aside one-half of 1 per cent of their military budgets to foster a "universal strategy of life".Since then World Health Organisation has promised its support.The purpose of the present meeting is to have a preliminary exchange of views on the technical aspects.
France, Britain, the United States, Italy, West Germany and the World Health Organisation were represented at the two-day conference.The Soviet Union told France it could not send a delegation, a French spokesman said.
The French Health Minister, Rayond Marcellin, in his address, opening the conference on December 17th, recalled that throughout the world two million others were stricken by it.Therapeutic advances should not be minimised but the causes and mechanisms of the disease still eluded discovery.In this battle it was the duty of the participating powers to see that all the advantages were on their side.
Governments would have to decide the means of financing the project, M.Marcellin added that he thought the levy on military budgets was an attractive and commonsense idea.